Favorite films

  • Mutiny on the Bounty
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Recent activity

  • Les Misérables

  • Bringing Up Baby

  • Top Hat

  • The Life of Emile Zola

Recent reviews

  • Les Misérables

    Les Misérables

    Those who are selling the French film Les Miserables to the American public are plugging the “challenge” angle; “France challenges comparison with the American version.” While this is a very good way to sell the picture to the kind of trade it will be sold to, there are still going to be some of us who will take a piece of that dare money as fast as anyone will put it up. Just to start with, the old picture made…

  • Bringing Up Baby

    Bringing Up Baby

    In view of the heavy thought that has recently gone into the question Is Humor Best for Us? I am happy to report that Bringing Up Baby is funny from the word go, that it has no other meaning to recommend it, nor therapeutic qualities, and that I wouldn't swap it for practically any three things of the current season. For comedy to be really good, of course, there is required something more in the way of total design than…

Popular reviews

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane


    Citizen Kane can be approached in several ways: as a film, as an event, as a topic of the times, etc. The outline of the story is simplicity itself, almost like saying, “Once upon a time there was a man of whom certain things are remembered.” But its presentation is managed in complex ways and its conclusions are so vague with the shadows of meaning that it is easy to read almost anything into it, including…

  • Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind

    I wish to report editorial pressure on me to review the film version of Gone with the Wind, from which I have been shrinking ever since the first year of hot gossip over who was to play Clark Gable. The editors don’t really care whether it is a good thing for me to see or what line I take on it. What they want is an office guinea pig; they want someone to go sit through that four hours of…