Category Archives: 1960’s cinema

Darkest Heart: “Africa, Addio!” (1966)

   “Africa, Addio!” is a follow up offering by the “documentarians” Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco E. Prospere who produced the popular “Mondo Cane”.  The film is filled with gorgeous imagery; the kind of cinematography that normally enraptures the senses and … Continue reading

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Poor Sportsmanship: “Bloodlust!” (1961)

_______________________________________________________________      Richard Connell’s classic short story “The Most Dangerous Game” has seen many cinematic manifestations over the years, the most prominent being the first, the RKO Ernest B. Schoedsack/Irving Pichel production (which used many of the same sets and … Continue reading

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All Dressed Up and No Place To Go: “The Girl on a Motorcycle” (1968)

      Something remarkable happens when famed cinematographers turn their attention to directing; its as if their exquisitely subtle sense of judgment in manipulating light has left them completely in the dark in terms of distinguishing between the illuminating and … Continue reading

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MASS ESCAPISM: “VON RYAN’S EXPRESS” (1965)

    Despite the sterling example of Jean Renoir’s “Grand Illusion”, the prisoner of war escape film did not find a wide popularity until well after the Second World War, presumably as the propagandistic value of the war film during actual … Continue reading

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Below the Border: “100 Rifles” (1969)

________________________________________________________________    “100 Rifles” is a fast-paced western adventure unfolding amid the chaos of the Mexican Revolution, completely unlike Tom Gries’ earlier film- the overlooked masterwork “Will Penny” -this film suffers from a perpetual  inconsistency of tone; veering wildly from … Continue reading

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Blood and Sand: “The Longest Day” (1962)

    Darryl F. Zanuck’s monumental war epic depicting the events of the D-Day invasion of World War 2 has the disadvantage of not only following dozens of characters over dozens of different locations, but also the input of three … Continue reading

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