Monthly Archives: April 2017

Close, but…

Jesus Franco’s “Count Dracula” (“El Conde Dracula”) was promoted as an authentic filming of Bram Stoker’s novel–and to an extent it is, taking budgetary restraints into account. The first portion of the film, which details Jonathan Harker’s experiences as a … Continue reading

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Traditional Westerns vs. Revisionist Westerns

The traditional western tended to view things in black vs. white terms and was mostly affirmative. Traditional westerns honored “the verities” (themselves the product of pulp romancers)–face-to-face Main Street showdowns vs. back alley ambushes \ the inevitable triumph of the Right … Continue reading

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Conte’s Triple-Play

It will indeed be unfortunate if Richard Conte is remembered only for his turn as Don Barzini, the tight-lipped, camera-shy guest at Connie Corleone’s wedding in “The Godfather.” There are much better performances to recommend him to us. In 1955 … Continue reading

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A Man of Contradictions

It would have been quite understandable had Boris Karloff done a “happy-dance” after seeing the script that Philip MacDonald and producer Val Lewton (under his nom-de-plume “Carlos Keith”) handed him for his upcoming film “The Body Snatcher.” Cabman John Gray … Continue reading

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High Seas Hi-Jinks

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” With the 1931 film “Corsair,” Roland West certainly gave the Prohibition-era gangster yarn a twist. Most of its action takes place not on land but on the high-seas where ex-college football star Chester Morris and his wealthy admirer/partner … Continue reading

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