The history of Hollywood drama is dependent to a large extent upon the leading actors of each generation. Montgomery Clift was the first in line of a handful of actors who changed everything in the 1950’s.
When the world around you has ceased to make the sense that it seemed to make for several millennia and you realize you are all on your own, you have to go for the gusto. Being in charge of your own response to the whirling hand of the bitch goddess Fortuna is the most power you can ever hope for.
The rare airing of “Intolerance” on Turner Classic Movies gives moviegoers a chance to learn two…
That long title says it all. Learn more about a Hollywood screenwriter forever changed the landscape upon which the werewolf trods.
Despite the moral ambiguity of Rick Blaine at the beginning and despite the presence of real evil in the form of the Nazis all around him and despite the presence of all those other elements—guilt, alienation, paranoia—the ending of Casablanca holds out hope.
Kazan did nothing to protect the minds of America from being infected by communist doctrine. (You know the kind of stuff I’m talking about: free health care, affordable higher education for everybody, higher wages for workers, and less inheritance for Paris Hilton.) It is unconscionable to reward Kazan and anyone else connected with On the Waterfront with Oscars or any other kind of award.