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February 03, 2013

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Having just watched Sturges' "Sullivan's Travels" last night, it occurs to me that this "posing as a reporter" bit was a pretty popular theme at one time! (see also Sam Fuller's "Shock Corridor.")

Kazan's direction is -- as usual -- superb, and Peck and McGuire are wonderful, if at times, somewhat "stiff." But the subject matter perhaps required a bit of that sort of acting.

It's not a masterpiece like many of his films in the upcoming decade -- and I think, much like when Kurosawa and Mifune met each other, Kazan became a newly inspired director once Brando came into the picture (so to speak) ... lrs

Thanks for the great comment, Lew. Have you been watching "House of Cards" streaming on Netflix? I recommend it. And also the superb 1990 British show of the same name -- which is significantly different in plot and tone, so much so that one is tempted to make large generalizations about the two cultures on the the basis of a comparison. Kevin Spacey is superb in the new US show -- as Ian Richardson was in the British program. DL

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark
                   

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