La Terra Trema, Luchino Visconti's second directorial effort (after Ossessione), is a ponderous, fragmentary tale of Sicilian fishermen and their troubles [inspired by Giovanni Verga's novel I…
Fine as this fourth production of Tolstoy's novel is (Fox 1915, Metro 1927 and 1935), it misses greatness and has tedious stretches.
Setting for the story is the west of 1867 and the outdoor locations have been magnificently lensed as a telling backdrop for the dramatics. Lamar Trotti has put together an ace screenplay from a…
Scott of the Antarctic should be not only a magnificent eye-filling spectacle but also a stirring adventure. But the director's affinity to the documentary technique robs the subject of much of its…
He Walked by Night is a high-tension crime meller, supercharged with violence but sprung with finesse. Top credits for this film's wallop is shared equally by the several scripters, director Alfred…
This simple film was made in the American zone of Germany, principally in and around the rubbled remains of Nuremberg. Only four of its actors are professionals, the others having been recruited on…
The fact that this attempt at whimsy doesn't always come off is incidental; just look at the names! The pic opens with a pair of surefire names like Goddard and Meredith and in bed, too.
Command Decision is a literate war drama, presented with a class touch. It tells of the Second World War from the top level of heavy brass, but with a slant that makes the star-wearers human. There's…
Using Robert Louis Stevenson's The Black Arrow for the takeoff, Columbia has made an action-filled cloak-and-dagger romance. The picture is virtually a western of lethal combat, hard riding, intrigue…
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands, adapted from Gerald Butler's novel of postwar violence and demoralization [by Ben Maddow and Walter Bernstein], is an intensely moody melodrama.