Delmer Daves’s 3:10 to Yuma, driven by compelling mano a mano suspense, is quite a yarn. It’s no surprise, then, that it’s based on a story by the estimable Elmore Leonard. Known predominantly for his crime fiction such as Get Shorty and Rum Punch, Leonard started his career as a writer of dime-store westerns. In this excerpt from a new interview with Criterion, Leonard reminisces about his early career writing stories like 3:10 to Yuma for pulp magazines while holding down a day job at an ad agency.
A Subtler Side of the Hepburn-Grant Magic
Filmmaker and distributor Michael Schlesinger and critic Michael Sragow dive into the pleasures of Holiday, a romantic-comedy classic that has long stood in the shadow of The Philadelphia Story but has a poignancy all its own.
Wim Wenders Looks Back on the Digital Future He Predicted
From search engines to all-engrossing handheld devices, the technologies that the German director conjured for his 1991 opus Until the End of the World are now common features of contemporary life.
John Bailey Breaks Down a Tour de Force of Gothic Lighting
The veteran cinematographer takes a close look at the highly stylized and atmospheric lighting in one of the most pivotal scenes in pre-Code classic The Story of Temple Drake.
All About Mankiewicz
One of the most celebrated Hollywood writer-directors of his time, Joseph L. Mankiewicz offers a window into the way he sees his characters in this illuminating clip from an archival interview.