Film Class Wednesday pushes through the works of 1939 with the high-flying adventure, Only Angels Have Wings. This is the second Hawks film I’ve watched in a classroom setting, the first being Hawks’ The Thing. Howard Hawks was a master of any genre he came across and even though Only Angels Have Wings isn’t my favorite of Hawks’ ouevre, it’s resplendent in its imagery and acting.
Me and the dress from Gilda
The TCM Classic Film Festival was the culmination of all my work as a classic film writer. I never expected my blog to get me to the fest and now that I’ve returned to normality I’m only yearning for next April to get here quicker. My inaugural trip to the TCM Classic Film Festival comes to a close in this final post wherein I discuss a few things I learned while attending, and highlight some of the best of the fest. TCM Classic Film Festival 2015, here I come!
Jack Nicholson has the distinction of winning three Academy Award in three decades. He’s a hellion whose led a life of excess and isn’t regretful of it. Any biography written about him has a dearth of information to mine exploring his life, and getting behind the veil of who he is as a human being. Unfortunately, Marc Eliot’s latest book does nothing of the sort. I’ve read Eliot’s work in the past-his Michael Douglas biography I reviewed on the site suffered from a lack of information not already available online-and it’s difficult to understand how he’s managed to write for so long. Aside from a few nuggets of information about Nicholson’s family, as well as interviews with past co-stars of the actor, Nicholson is a puff piece of a biography, more in love with the actor than anything else.
The penultimate day of the festival was near-constant movement with a bump that caused me to leave the screening for How Green Was My Valley. Thankfully, the day was salvaged by encounters with three people I never believed I’d meet. Oh, and there was more movie-watching. The festival ends, for me at least, tomorrow night but Saturday was the highlight by far. Continue Reading
Me and Rita Hayworth’s dress from Gilda on display at the TCL Chinese Theater
Day two of the festival was certainly busier than day one, but there was still time to take in a few detours off the beaten path. After a brief trip to the Hollywood Museum we stopped by a screening of Meet Me in St. Louis and a Mel Brooks-led screening of Blazing Saddles. Tomorrow looks even more chaotic, so let’s get to business!