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Pre-Code Wellman and Godard's Code Unknown

31 March 2009 7:17 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

William "Wild Bill" Wellman was always more renowned for his reportedly rough and tumble extra-cinematic resume (delinquent, pilot, stuntman) than for his mostly orthodox films -- from his nearly 40-year career, only a handful of astute genre epics remain lodged in the cultural front-brain today: "Nothing Sacred" and "A Star Is Born" (both 1937), "Beau Geste" (1939), and "The Ox-Bow Incident" (1943). They're all beautifully judged, visually eloquent and delicately acted films (compare Fredric March in "A Star Is Born" to the rest of his mannered '30s work, and you get a taste of Wellman's touch), particularly "Ox-Bow," wherein Dana Andrews and Henry Fonda are unnervingly in touch with the wages of frontier violence.

Still, Wellman worked long enough in the studio system to assure a certain homogeneity to most of his work, and so the payload of early Wellmans delivered in Warner/TCM's new Forbidden Hollywood Collection Volume Three have as »

- Michael Atkinson

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Stone Cold Linker

11 March 2009 9:18 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Silver Screen

The Big Picture still waiting on the (nonexistent) trailer for Avatar.

Do You Have a Flag? remembers The Virgin Suicides. Mmm, pretty pictures.

Big Screen Little Screen Melissa Leo going back to series television.

Mnpp James Franco (I nearly spit out my coffee. Lol)

Getty Should Julia Roberts get a restraining order?

Film Addict remembers Ruth Chatterton in Dodsworth. Dodsworth is one of my all time favorites. For some reason I have yet to surmount my block about writing it up.

/Film is Skarsgård picking up Thor's hammer? And do we need a Thor movie? Remember how that little girl in Adventures in Babysitting was obsessed with the Norse god and how totally random and weird that was?

Oscar and the City reveals his "most anticipated performances" list.

The Inciting Incident How cool must it be to be a Pixar intern? I imagine very.

Disney Blog Seems The »


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