Michael Curtiz
Columns // 3 Articles
Reviews // 7 Articles
Blogs // 9 Articles

The Hollywood Star as Fetish Object: Joan Crawford in 'Mildred Pierce'
4 Jun 2017 // 9:30 PM

Joan Crawford embodies the universal cipher: a flat, empty surface that reflects anything but reveals nothing. There was never a more perfect actress.

Ruining Their Reputations: Pre-Code Movies Have a Naughty Reputation That's Not Always Deserved
1 Jul 2012 // 6:10 PM

Not every pre-Code film is a Scarface or Baby Face; some are only mediocre faces.


A Nice Guy in Noirland Reaches 'The Breaking Point'
17 Aug 2017 // 3:30 AM

This 1950 adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not features John Garfield and director Michael Curtiz at their best.

The Comancheros
1 Jun 2011 // 4:58 PM

A Texas Ranger and a smooth-talking gambler go undercover to take down a notorious gang of gunrunners.


How It Slips Away: 'The Breaking Point' Crosses Hemingway With Noir
21 Aug 2017 // 5:29 AM

Whether we've seen or read the story before, we ache for these sympathetic, floundering people presented to us gravely and without cynicism, even when cynical themselves.

From Hungary to Hollywood: "The Undesirable"
23 May 2016 // 9:45 PM

At just over an hour, a lot happens in this broadly gestured, melodramatic story set in Transylvania.

//Mixed media

'Hopscotch' is Anchored in Walter Matthau's Playful, Irascible Personality

// Short Ends and Leader

"With his novel, Hopscotch, Brian Garfield challenged himself to write a suspenseful spy tale in which nobody gets killed.

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