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John Monk Saunders is a good example of the screenwriter-as-auteur in the sense that he had a tone (mordant, tragic) and a set of concerns (Wwi aerial combat and its effects) that were consistent throughout his work, almost to the point of claustrophobia. Saunders was an airman himself, and like his characters, he just couldn't leave it behind. A recurring theme of his work is that war is not only traumatic, but addictive. Ace of Aces is a typical work: Saunders would achieve greater glory with William A. Wellman (Wings, 1927), Howard Hawks (The Dawn Patrol, 1930) and, best of all, with William Dieterle and The Last Flight in 1931. Ace of Aces is a relatively minor-league outing. Though director J. Walter Ruben delivers a few elaborate tracking shots, the film belongs mainly to the writer and the Rko effects team—Vernon L. Walker, who worked on Citizen Kane and King Kong, stitches »
California police have arrested the owner of an Oakland artist’s loft where 36 partygoers died last year in a deadly fire during a rave, People confirms.
Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 47-year-old Derick Almena — the owner of the “Ghost Ship” loft space in a warehouse — on Monday in Lake County, a Lake County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman tells People. Almena has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the fire, jail records show.
- Char Adams
This classy Fox production was considered the epitome of sick film subject matter in the pre- Psycho year of 1959, the true story of jazz-age thrill killers Leopold & Loeb. Dean Stockwell and Bradford Dillman are the nihilistic child murderers; Orson Welles stops the show with his portrayal of Clarence Darrow, going under a different name.
Kl Studio Classics
1959 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date March 7, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95
Cinematography: William C. Mellor
Film Editor: William Reynolds
Original Music: Lionel Newman
Produced by Richard D. Zanuck
Directed by Richard Fleischer
- Glenn Erickson
3 items from 2017
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