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Bertrand Tavernier on Edward L. Cahn’s ‘Afraid To Talk’

10 October 2016 12:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lyon, France — Time put everybody in their place. But often rather slowly. The American director, Edward L. Cahn, was best-known, indeed notorious for his prolific B-movie output in the 1950s and ‘60s. Yet, this is the same man who, legend has it, oversaw or at least advised on the final cut of “All Quiet on the Western Front,” and made a clutch of movies in the early 1930s, one of which, “Afraid To Talk,” screened at the Lumière Festival on Sunday, being greeted as a masterpiece. “You might say he worked his way to the bottom,” writes journalist Imogen Sara Smith. Dave Kehr, a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, included three of Cahn’s films in an Carl Laemmle Jr. retrospective this May. This week, Lyon’s Lumière Festival screens the same titles: “Afraid To Talk,” “Law and Order,” and “Laughter in Hell,” introduced by the celebrated French director-film buff Bertrand Tavernier, »

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