TITLE: SUNSET BOULEVARD • PERS: VON STROHEIM, ERICH / SWANSON, GLORIA • YEAR: 1950 • DIR: WILDER, BILLY • REF: SUN025AL • CREDIT: [ THE KOBAL COLLECTION / PARAMOUNT ]

‘Sunset Boulevard’ on Kanopy

“I am big! It’s the pictures that got small!” Sunset Boulevard (1950), the blackest of Hollywood’s self-portraits, is an old dark house of a ghost story inhabited by the living shadows of its discarded stars. Gloria Swanson is magnificent as Norma Desmond, the former silent movie queen living in her memories while plotting a fantasy […]

Two takes on ‘Apocalypse Now’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Apocalypse Now (1979) and Apocalypse Now: Redux (1979/2001) – Drawing from a script by John Milius, rewritten under the influence of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and a production in a constant state of chaos, Francis Ford Coppola turns Vietnam into a war as drug-addled theme park ride: “Pirates of the South Seas” with real […]

Franco Nero stars in 'Man, Pride and Vengeance,' a spaghetti western based on 'Carmen' co-starring Tina Aumont and Klaus Kinski

‘Man, Pride and Vengeance’ – ‘Carmen’ as spaghetti western on Amazon Prime Video

Man, Pride and Vengeance (Italy, 1967) – There were hundreds of spaghetti westerns produced by Italian studios in the sixties and early seventies. Only a small percentage of them were particularly good, and fewer still genuinely great. You’d think we’d be running out of discoveries by now but Man, Pride and Vengeance (1967), from director […]