Year: 1930 Director: Josef von Sternberg Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Adolphe Menjou For whatever reason, in spite of the tremendous acclaim for the pictures produced, I never quite got the fuss over the 1930s pairing of Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich. The Blue Angel was fine, it seemed to me, while the likes of Shanghai … Continue reading Why I Love… #111: Morocco
Year: 1951 Director: Samuel Fuller Stars: Richard Basehart, Gene Evans, Michael O'Shea Having worked his way up the ranks as a versatile screenwriter, Samuel Fuller 'upgraded' to the director's chair and quickly took on the thankless appearance of a 'journeyman' director. This was years before the critical reappraisal that rightly recognised his craft and influence. … Continue reading Why I Love… #104: Fixed Bayonets!
Year: 1957 Director: Douglas Sirk Stars: Rock Hudson, Dorothy Malone, Robert Stack Douglas Sirk is most commonly remembered as a short-circuit to lush, vivid melodramas of the 1950's; a sphere in which he excelled, producing a number of the genre's greatest and most respected pictures. Titles such as All That Heaven Allows, Written On The Wind and Imitation Of … Continue reading Why I Love… #95: The Tarnished Angels