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Twelve great john Huston Movies

by Dale Wittig
Twelve great john Huston Movies by Dale Wittig
Huston isn’t admired in Cinephilic circles as much as he once was, thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of the Sarris school of Auteurism. He’s seen or dismissed as a faithful and relatively unimaginative adapter of high toned literary properties. I happen to think that he had a much better eye than that with which he is generally credited (having had some training as a painter as well as a consistent practice throughout his life,) and also a much keener understanding of the nuances of the works he adapted than other such adapters. Of the lot that he attempted to transform, I’d single out only James Joyce’s the Dead and Herman… Read more

Huston isn’t admired in Cinephilic circles as much as he once was, thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of the Sarris school of Auteurism. He’s seen or dismissed as a faithful and relatively unimaginative adapter of high toned literary properties. I happen to think that he had a much better eye than that with which he is generally credited (having had some training as a painter as well as a consistent practice throughout his life,) and also a much keener understanding of the nuances of the works he adapted than other such adapters. Of the lot that he attempted to transform, I’d single out only James Joyce’s the Dead and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick as titanic masterpieces of literature; and one may see where they land or even fail to appear on the following list.

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