Park Row es una carta de amor al mundo del periodismo impreso; una lección de historia sobre el periodismo impreso y una reflexión sobre lo importante de la ética en el ejercicio del periodismo impreso. Fuller nos entrega una de sus películas más personales, enérgicas y conmovedoras. De lo mejor que he visto en mucho tiempo y, desde ya, mi favorita del director junto a Pick up in South Street.
Unforgettable film made from Samuel Fuller's savings that did not recoup his investment! The film is real as real could be. To Fuller's credit, his ability to get a superb performance from Mary Welch (her only feature film before she died at the age of 36) is truly remarkable. The film does not give evidence, in the early stages, of what is to follow. A very satisfying film about media's role and evolution in USA.
A film about the American "can do"-mentality. In the first ten minutes the to-be-editor goes from being cynical to being fired and eventually starting up a newspaper. All this happens while he sits behind the bar. Sheer amateurism combined with vitality: the recipe for success for all Fuller characters.
This is one of the most beautiful films ever made about American journalism. Sam Fuller's immense love for what the medium of print can be is undeniable in this film and very few people have displayed their passions on the screen with such style and grace. One of the most soft spoken of Fuller's films it still packs a hell of a punch and should be required viewing for all.
By today’s standards the rhetoric is at times heavy-handed. However, it’s hard not to get enthused by Fuller’s extreme passion for the subject matter and the place of journalistic integrity in culture. It also helps that Fuller directs the shit out this film. Those long takes are incredibly blocked and photographed. All in all, Park Row should be mandatory viewing for anyone who works, or wants to work in journalism.
Interesting Fuller venture not without merits. These derive from the energetic performances and the great character depiction mainly within the idealistic editor's team. Filming is largely confined to the newspaper's presses and it conveys the fervent struggle against manipulation with some properly dense mise-en-scène and excellent performances.However, the romantic and didactic resolution does not really convince.
Oddly enjoyable. An unabashed tribute to a golden age (as Fuller saw it) of rough and tough but incorruptible newspapermen. Plot points pale beside ink-under-the-fingernails detail about making, writing and printing the news. The highlight is a magnificently kinetic, one-shot fight sequence. Surely any film which has Ottmar Mergenthaler, the inventor of Linotype, as one of its supporting characters can't be all bad.
Amazing tracking shots in this film! I would make this film required viewing in schools. This is the first time I watched it that I thought the happy ending might only be Gene Evans' broken dream after he falls asleep. I think Fuller himself would have found the reconciliation unlikely, and of course if he were alive today he would be one of our best spokesmen against the decline of democracy in the U.S.