A ‘Picnic’ with William Holden and Kim Novak on Criterion Channel

The repressed desires and suppressed dreams of small town citizens bubble out of their confines in the late summer days of Picnic (1955). William Holden is the hunky drifter who rides the rails into a small Midwest town with dreams of landing a “respectable” job with his rich college buddy (Cliff Robertson). Kim Novak is […]

Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell star in the Howard Hawks comedy

Howard Hawks’s ‘His Girl Friday’ on Amazon Prime Video

His Girl Friday (1940) is based on the rapid-fire newspaper comedy The Front Page, originally a snappy, cynical, double-barrel Broadway hit by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur (themselves veteran reporters) and then a 1931 film directed by Lewis Milestone, with Pat O’Brien and Adolph Menjou in the lead roles. Barely a decade later, Howard Hawks […]