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When Peter Bogdanovich asked me if Cinema would like to publish part of his lengthy interview with Joseph H. Lewis, I was intrigued. I was a passionate admirer of Gun Crazy. regarding it as one of the best American films ever made, but had seen few of Lewis’ other films. Unreliable sources had told me there were several more nuggets in the Lewis mine, and I welcomed the chance to check for myself. Also I thought it would be nice…
In the right place at the right time, director Budd Boetticher and his collaborators infused the Western with an almost existential terseness in Seven Men from Now. Filmmaker Paul Schrader hails the restoration of a masterpiece presumed and fits it into Boetticher & Co.'s oeuvre.
Seven Men from Now is, for me, the quintessential Western not because it is typical, but because it is emblematic.
Westerns, for the most part, were driven by social (the Garden and the Desert, Man Against…
"To Ingrid My Love Lisa" is a reassuring film because it demonstrates that a 26-year-old New Yorker with no talent can still scrape up enough money to make a dirty movie in Sweden and get major distribution in the States. It’s the American Dream. "Lisa" was made by Joseph Sarno to capitalize on the lucrative sex-art film market. "Lisa" and films like it ("I A Woman" "Therese and Isabelle") are aimed at the great horny middle-class which would be horrified…
The regeneration of major film artists
“The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” is the sort of picture you can take your parents to (remember them?)- and both enjoy. It is so entertaining in a non-condescending manner that the trade critics began waving their Oscar pennants like a conditioned reflex. If you dont mind sharing a critical bed with the likes of Alpert, Champlin, and Crist, you will find "Jean Brodie" suprisingly enjoyable for a film which has been "acclaimed".