Anne Baxter (Courtesy: www.chicagoreader.com)

Fritz Lang – The Blue Gardenia (1953)

Not having watched a film since seeing Erie Satie’s and René Clair’s 1924 challenging collaboration on Entr’acte, two months ago, it seemed appropriate to return to the activity with Fritz Lang, the author of the masterful film, M. The Blue Gardenia is one of Lang’s Hollywood films, made in 1953, in the same year as The…

Still from Fritz Lang's M.

Fritz Lang – M (1931)

An exceptional film by the exceptional Fritz Lang. Peter Lorre at his European best. Profound realization of Berlin between the wars. Remarkable cinematography. Further, the film demonstrates that music − there is none − is not needed to make a cinematic masterpiece; indeed, silence heightens the effect of the moving images, which is what film is about.…

Gloria Grahame in The Big Heat

Fritz Lang

Lang, Fritz: The Big Heat (1953). – Another fine film of Fritz Lang’s, with considerable visual commentary on the essential selfishness of human behaviour. Gloria Grahame is outstanding. Lang, Fritz: M (1931). The CulturalRites article is here. Lang, Fritz: Ministry of Fear (1944). Lauded in the film noir literature, but it is largely pedestrian and narratively insufficiently coherent. I watched it because I…