I did not read them in order and although Bill will tell you can read them in any order, this reader would recommend reading them in series. The reader then experiences the development from book to book and character development as well as plot. There are any number of added plots along the way which makes this series very enjoyable reading.
My favorite book was number 2, Corky and the Alaskan Old Timer, for a number of reasons, but all are worth reading and I look forward to reading his latest Corky and the Alaskan Bears. Lockwood Follow Corky Corcoran, a female Bush pilot, who travels throughout the Last Frontier in small planes, and any other way she can!
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This movie was the summation of what Wilder had done to date, and the key transition in Lemmon's career. It was also a key film for Shirley MacLaine, who had been around for five years in light comedies, but here emerged as a serious actress who would flower in the s.
The chaotic production also experienced shut-downs when a typhoon destroyed the set and star Sheen suffered a heart attack; the budget ballooned and Coppola covered the overages himself. These production headaches, which Coppola characterized as being like the Vietnam War itself, have been superbly captured in the documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. It won Oscars for sound and for Vittorio Storaro's cinematography. This hallucinatory, Wagnerian project has produced admirers and detractors of equal ardor; it resembles no other film ever made, and its nightmarish aura and polarized reception aptly reflect the tensions and confusions of the Vietnam era.
Many have compared Mamoulian's debut to that of Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" because of his flamboyant use of cinematic innovation to test technical boundaries. The tear-jerking plot boasts top performances from Morgan as the fading burlesque queen, Fuller Mellish Jr. However, the film is remembered today chiefly for Mamoulian's audacious style. While most films of the era were static and stage-bound, Mamoulian's camera reinvigorated the melodramatic plot by prowling relentlessly through sordid backstage life.
John Huston's brilliant crime drama contains the recipe for a meticulously planned robbery, but the cast of criminal characters features one too many bad apples. Sam Jaffe, as the twisted mastermind, uses cash from corrupt attorney Emmerich Louis Calhern to assemble a group of skilled thugs to pull off a jewel heist. All goes as planned — until an alert night watchman and a corrupt cop enter the picture.
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Marilyn Monroe has a memorable bit part as Emmerich's "niece. Aided by a taut script from playwright John Guare, director Louis Malle celebrates his wounded characters even as he mercilessly reveals their dreams for the hopeless illusions they really are. Malle reveals the rich portraits he paints of wasted American lives, through the filter of his European sensibilities. He is exceptionally well served by his cast and his location--a seedy resort town supported, like the principal characters, by memories of glories past.
Burt Lancaster, in a masterful performance, plays an aging small-time criminal who hangs around Atlantic City doing odd jobs and taking care of the broken-down moll of the deceased gangster for whom Lou was a gofer. Living in an invented past, Lou identifies with yesteryear's notorious gangsters and gets involved with sexy would-be croupier Susan Sarandon and her drug-dealing estranged husband. Produced and directed by Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader and Pierce Rafferty, the influential film compilation "The Atomic Cafe" provocatively documents the post-World War II threat of nuclear war as depicted in a wide assortment of archival footage from the period newsreels, statements from politicians, advertisements, training, civil defense and military films.
This vast, yet entertaining, collage of clips serves as a unique document of the ss era and illustrates how these films—some of which today seem propagandistic or even patently absurd "The House in the Middle" —were used to inform the public on how to cope in the nuclear age. Scott Nixon, a traveling salesman based in Augusta, Ga. In this minute silent film, Nixon documents some 38 streets, storefronts and cities named Augusta in such far-flung locales as Montana and Maine. Arranged with no apparent rhyme or reason, the film strings together brief snapshots of these Augustas, many of which are indicated at pencil-point on a train timetable or roadmap.
Nixon photographed his odyssey using both 8mm and 16mm cameras loaded with black-and-white and color film, amassing 26, feet of film that now resides at the University of South Carolina. While Nixon's film does not illuminate the historical or present-day significance of these towns, it binds them together under the umbrella of Americana.
Whether intentionally or coincidentally, this amateur auteur seems to juxtapose the name's lofty origin—'august,' meaning great or venerable—with the unspectacular nature of everyday life in small-town America. Leo McCarey's largely improvised film is one of the funniest of the screwball comedies, and also one of the most serious at heart.
Cary Grant and Irene Dunne are a pair of world-weary socialites who each believe the other has been unfaithful, and consequently enter into a trial divorce. The story began life as a stage hit and was filmed twice previously. McCarey maintained the basic premise of the play but improved it greatly, adding sophisticated dialogue and encouraging his actors to improvise around anything they thought funny. Movie poster Movie poster. Smart and sultry Barbara Stanwyck uses her feminine wiles to scale the corporate ladder, amassing male admirers who are only too willing to help a poor working girl.
One of the more notorious melodramas of the pre-Code era, a period when the movie industry relaxed its censorship standards, films such as this one led to the imposition of the Production Code in This relative freedom resulted in a cycle of gritty, audacious films that resonated with Depression-battered audiences.
Stranded in the year , Marty Michael J. Fox —with the help of his friend eccentric scientist Dr. All this, while fighting off the advances of his then-teenaged mother Lea Thompson. The film generated a popular soundtrack and two enjoyable sequels. Vincente Minnelli directed this captivating Hollywood story of an ambitious producer Kirk Douglas as told in flashback by those whose lives he's impacted: an actress Lana Turner , a writer Dick Powell and a director Barry Sullivan.
Insightful and liberally sprinkled with characters modeled after various Hollywood royalty from David O. Selznick to Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, witty, with one of Turner's best performances.
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David Raksin's score is another asset. Though only 81 minutes in length, "Bad Day" packs a punch. Spencer Tracy stars as Macreedy, a one-armed man who arrives unexpectedly one day at the sleepy desert town of Black Rock. He is just as tight-lipped at first about the reason for his visit as the residents of Black Rock are about the details of their town. However, when Macreedy announces that he is looking for a former Japanese-American Black Rock resident named Komoko, town skeletons suddenly burst into the open. Director John Sturges displays the western landscape to great advantage in this CinemaScope production.
Stark, brutal story based on the Charles Starkweather-Carol Fugate murder spree through the Midwest in , with Martin Sheen as the killer lashing out against a society that ignores his existence and Sissy Spacek as his naive teenage consort. Sheen is forceful and properly weird as the mass murderer, strutting around pretending to be James Dean, while Spacek doesn't quite understand what he's all about, but goes along anyway.
Director Terrence Malick neither romanticizes nor condemns his subjects, maintaining a low-key approach to the story that results in a fascinating character study. The film did scant box office business, but it remains one of the most impressive of directorial debuts. In this Howard Hawks-directed screwball comedy, showgirl and gangster's moll Sugarpuss O'Shea Barbara Stanwyck hides from the law among a group of scholars compiling an encyclopedia. Cooling her heels until the heat lets up, Sugarpuss charms the elderly academics and bewitches the young professor in charge Gary Cooper.
Hawks deftly shapes an effervescent, innuendo-packed Billy Wilder-Charles Brackett script into a swing-era version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or "squirrely cherubs," as Sugarpuss christens them.