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…

Victor McLaglen in The Infomer

John Ford – The Informant (1935)

A well constructed narrative that works at several levels: the political context, personal intellectual capability, loyalties, the charity of giving, forgiveness, and the longing for true liberty. It is well paced and exceedingly well acted by Victor McLaglen. The trial scene owes a debt to Fritz Lang’s M, and the debt is well discharged. Ford…

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…