Tag Archives: Mercedes McCambridge

Other Side of the Wind: Welles’s White Whale

40 YEARS IN THE MAKING. HIS FINAL FILM.  Everybody in the film business has an opinion on Netflix. Theater owners are particularly upset about major awards going to Netflix movies that are being shown just a few weeks in theaters and then immediately being available for streaming. Others in Hollywood thank Netflix for giving them … Continue reading Other Side of the Wind: Welles’s White Whale

All the King’s Men: A Populist Menace

HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A PRETTY GOOD GUY… IF TOO MUCH POWER… AND WOMEN… HADN’T GONE TO HIS HEAD! In other reviews I’ve previously used the example of John Wayne at his most reactionary. Well, this is no exception. He was considered for the lead role in this movie but was so offended by the script … Continue reading All the King’s Men: A Populist Menace

Touch of Evil: Terror on the Border

THE STRANGEST VENGEANCE EVER PLANNED! In the late 1950s, Orson Welles was back in Hollywood after making a few films in Europe. At that time, nobody paid much attention to him as a filmmaker anymore. He decided to direct Touch of Evil, a loose adaptation of a thriller novel, either because Charlton Heston refused to … Continue reading Touch of Evil: Terror on the Border

Giant: How the Oil Was Won

THE LEGENDARY EPIC THAT’S AS BIG AS TEXAS.  Before Dallas, there was Giant. A sprawling soap opera set in Texas, George Stevens’s film has been welcomed by the state as its very own version of Gone With the Wind (1939) – which is quite an achievement since it is largely a condemnation of racist policies … Continue reading Giant: How the Oil Was Won

Suddenly, Last Summer

SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER, CATHERINE KNEW SHE WAS BEING USED FOR SOMETHING EVIL! In 1937, New Orleans surgeon John Cukrowicz (Montgomery Clift) is called to the mansion of a wealthy old lady (Katharine Hepburn); she wants him to lobotomize her niece (Elizabeth Taylor) who witnessed a brutal death and went mad. Another taut, controversial screen adaptation … Continue reading Suddenly, Last Summer

The Exorcist: Touched By a Demon

SOMETHING BEYOND COMPREHENSION IS HAPPENING TO A LITTLE GIRL, ON THIS STREET, IN THIS HOUSE. A MAN HAS BEEN CALLED FOR AS A LAST RESORT TO TRY AND SAVE HER. THAT MAN IS THE EXORCIST. Today it’s difficult to understand the impact The Exorcist had on people upon its release in 1973. The film followed in the … Continue reading The Exorcist: Touched By a Demon