Tag Archives: Melvyn Douglas

Being There: Chance at the White House

LIFE IS A STATE OF MIND. The character of Chance in this movie, the last great one from both Peter Sellers and Hal Ashby, has entered popular culture over the years. As reality-show celebrity and billionaire Donald Trump entered the 2016 presidential race in the U.S., some political commentators made comparisons with Chance. After all, … Continue reading Being There: Chance at the White House

Americanization of Emily: How to Sell D-Day

SWINGING’S THEIR GAME AND LONDON WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.  I couldn’t help but notice that Johnny Mandel wrote this film’s score, the guy behind the famous theme for MASH (1970). That’s a coincidence, I thought, because as I was watching The Americanization of Emily and saw how comically cynical and realistic its attitude toward … Continue reading Americanization of Emily: How to Sell D-Day

The Tenant

HOW COULD HE ESCAPE FROM HIS NIGHTMARES? Trelkovsky (Roman Polanski) rents a Paris apartment; the last tenant threw herself out of the window and Trelkovsky begins to feel the haunting effect of his new home. The last chapter of the director’s unofficial “apartment trilogy” goes along the same lines as Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby; it’s a psychological thriller about … Continue reading The Tenant

The Sea of Grass

BIG AS ITS STARS! Lutie (Katharine Hepburn) marries Jim Brewton (Spencer Tracy), a New Mexico cattle baron, but their differences soon force them to separate; her subsequent affair with Jim’s enemy has far-reaching consequences. Director Elia Kazan once stated that this is the only one of his films that he’s ashamed of. A bit harsh, … Continue reading The Sea of Grass