Loving the Ruins; or, Does The Magnificent Ambersons Exist?
The holiest of holies for lovers of ruined and neglected cinema, Orson Welles’s 1942 masterpiece haunts us with its voids and absences, which echo its tale of a family’s destruction.
The Killers: The Citizen Kane of Noir
The Killers (1946) is exemplary film noir from Robert Siodmak, who, on the strength of three films—this, Phantom Lady (1944), and Criss Cross (1949)—stands beside his fellow German exiles Fritz Lang and Otto Preminger as one of noir’s crucial d…
Zeno, Achilles, and Sir Alfred
Unfaithfully Yours is the outlier among Sturges's masterpieces. The first seven were unveiled in an improbable stretch, from 1940 to 1943, when he seemed incapable of doing wrong, and they were to varying degrees hits, while Unfaithfully Yours bled t…