Tag Archives: Anthony Quinn

Why Are We Creative: The Centipede’s Dilemma

German filmmaker Hermann Vaske spent 30 years working on various projects, but always returned to the fundamental question asked in the title of this documentary. As he meets one celebrity after the other while traveling all over Europe and the U.S., these undeniably creative people are sometimes startled to be asked that question and try … Continue reading Why Are We Creative: The Centipede’s Dilemma

My 12 Favorite Films

Compiling a list of what you believe are the greatest films ever made is a daunting task. Every critic and movie buff has a more or less available list hidden somewhere in their minds (or plainly written down, carefully cultivated). I have resisted to do the latter for many years, even though my list really … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Films

La Strada: Tramps Like Us

When Federico Fellini’s La Strada opened in theaters in 1954, left-wing Italian critics were confused. They spent the entire experience looking for the director’s political message and they couldn’t find one. This was a change because Fellini had previously made films in the neorealistic tradition. But all La Strada seemed to have was a good … Continue reading La Strada: Tramps Like Us

Requiem for a Heavyweight

THE WORLD OF “MOUNTAIN” RIVERA… THE FAST BUCK… THE ANGRY MEN… THE LONELY WOMEN! Prizefighter “Mountain” Rivera (Anthony Quinn) is knocked out in the ring and told by the doctor that he needs to retire; however, finding a new line of work is hard for someone who only knows the art of fighting. Marty (1955), … Continue reading Requiem for a Heavyweight

Lawrence of Arabia: Lost in the Sand

A MIGHTY MOTION PICTURE OF ACTION AND ADVENTURE! I regret never having seen this film on a big screen, the kind of epic for which the widescreen format was invented. But it is a testament to the beauty and power of David Lean’s work that even if you do see it on a TV set … Continue reading Lawrence of Arabia: Lost in the Sand

Guns of Navarone: Mission Impossible

AN IMPREGNABLE FORTRESS… AN INVINCIBLE ARMY… AND THE UNSTOPPABLE COMMANDO TEAM. I loved this movie when I was a kid. I had good taste. Some of the cherished childhood memories one chooses to revisit turn out to be a disappointment, but not this film. It was part of a contemporary trend of expensive, colorful war … Continue reading Guns of Navarone: Mission Impossible