Tag Archives: Erich von Stroheim

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

Intolerance: D.W. Griffith’s Epic Revenge

THE CRUEL HAND OF INTOLERANCE.  The premiere of D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation in 1915 must have been a hurtful experience for the director. The film’s portrayal of African Americans resulted in charges of racism and incited riots in several cities. The director felt that he was being treated unfairly, and one can’t emphasize … Continue reading Intolerance: D.W. Griffith’s Epic Revenge

Birth of a Nation: Fighting for the White Man

MIGHTY SPECTACLE.   After the premiere of The Birth of a Nation in 1915, director D.W. Griffith was furious. Then (and now) considered a landmark film, it was nevertheless hopelessly racist, sparking widespread protests in Boston among African-Americans. Griffith, as a Southern man with a father who had fought for the Confederacy in the war, … Continue reading Birth of a Nation: Fighting for the White Man

Sunset Blvd: The Walking Dead

A HOLLYWOOD STORY. Gloria Swanson used to be big. She had a pretty decent career as a silent-movie star, but shortly after transitioning into talkies she was abandoned by her fans. When Billy Wilder set out to make his finest film ever, a black comedy about Hollywood, he needed to find the right actress for … Continue reading Sunset Blvd: The Walking Dead