After attending Philadelphia’s Temple University, Richard Brooks (1912-1992) labored away as a sports reporter for the Atlantic City Press Union, the Philadelphia Record and the New York World-Telegram. Brooks joined New York radio station WNEW as a staff writer in the late 1930s, then moved on to the NBC network writing pool. After a season as director of New York’s Mill Pond Theatre, Brooks headed to Los Angeles, where he did some more radio writing and broke into films as a scripter of “B” pictures, Maria Montez epics and serials. Following two years’ wartime service with the Marines, Brooks published his first novel, an anti-intolerance effort titled The Brick Foxhole. Brooks was contractually unable to work on the screenplay adaptation of Brick Foxhole (released in 1947 as Crossfire), but found time to pen a brace of additional novels; he also co-wrote Brute Force (1947) and Key Largo (1948). In 1950, Brooks made his directorial debut with MGM’s Crisis, an offbeat political melodrama… read more
Awesome 70s 'New York-as-hell' flick about a prim school-teacher's thirst for annihilation. Its been labeled by critics as a conservative morality tale against promiscuity but the actual film isn't really political, its more a character study of a self-destructive person, constantly looking for increasingly dangerous and reckless thrills to enliven her mundane life. Not gonna lie, I could relate.
it's like the papacy decided to commission a cinematic moral piece advising against sexual promiscuity. absurdly didactic and terribly facile.
A complex and enthralling examination of complicated emotion, clashing values, and even strange humor - all leading to a truly disturbing climax. Masterfully crafted by writer-director Richard Brooks and centered around a superb, authentic performance by Diane Keaton. A fascinating look at American culture in the 1970s and a true classic.