The One Review: David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020 Spike Lee)

David Byrne’s American Utopia (HBO Pictures)Choreography by Annie B Parson. Written by David Byrne. Directed by Spike Lee. And we're not little children. And we know what we want. And the future is certain. Give us time to work it out. David Byrne has always struck me as a wacky guy but with an extraordinary … Continue reading The One Review: David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020 Spike Lee)

Cinematography of the World – Part 3: Terrence Malick’s Vision of an American Heaven

The cinematic form took on a new and exciting shape for Hollywood in the 1970s. This blog has made reference to it many times. Like the French New Wave, New American film-making borrowed from other times and places too. Home-grown directors took the reins, but sometimes their selected crew were internationally renowned and experienced. Together, … Continue reading Cinematography of the World – Part 3: Terrence Malick’s Vision of an American Heaven

Four Icons of Early Cinema – Part 2: Lillian Gish

This is a short excursion into the film careers of four extraordinary female actors of early cinema. All four women set new standards in dramatic performance, all came to fame as outstanding beauties of their time, and yet all brushed away vanity to portray diverse roles, impaired personalities and to smash down stereotypes. Lillian Gish … Continue reading Four Icons of Early Cinema – Part 2: Lillian Gish

The Western Story – Part 2: Beyond the Frontier

Over time, the Western films of Hollywood expanded outwards. Many were made in Europe by Italian and Spanish directors (Spaghetti Westerns). Some were adaptations of Japanese Samurai films (The Magnificent Seven). Some were set in Mexico and required drugs to understand (El Topo). Even Communist Eastern Europeans were fond of making their own Westerns that … Continue reading The Western Story – Part 2: Beyond the Frontier