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The gaudier the patter: the best of John Huston

This smelly buzzard, a hard-drinking scoundrel who could quote passages from Joyce’s Ulysses by memory, was one of the few writer-directors in Old Hollywood but didn’t “originate” his own material. We remember him for his adaptations, many botched. I saw … Continue reading

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Best films of 1957

Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander MacKendrick) Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick) Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa) Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur) Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini) Bitter Victory (Nicholas Ray) Men in War (Anthony Mann) Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman) … Continue reading

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