Suspicion is a 1950s detective novel by the Swiss writer Friedrich Durrenmatt that combines noir and metaphysics. Good call by Pushkin Press to republish an English translation.
Philadelphia Story is a classic Hollywood comedy set in the world of the very rich. It works because it makes them vulnerable too.
“You never see the music; you only feel it. In American films there is music all the time to tell you how to feel.”
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon is one of 14 Holmes films pumped out during and after World War II, updated to the time. This is Holmes as propaganda.
Director Leo McCarey remade Love Affair almost two decades later as An Affair to Remember, with almost the same script. This version has a lighter touch.
When the Tour De France crossed into Spain in 1974, Eddie Merckx started shouting the three words of Basque he’d been taught by Basque riders. If the police had heard him, he’d have been arrested.
If you’re making a film about taking 350,000 men off a beach, you need more extras–or CGI.
The attack on the World Trade Center, and the coup against Allende’s Chilean government both occurred on September 11th. The two events echo around each other.
The Irish writer Brendan Behan spent some time as a young man working as a lighthouse painter. He wasn’t very good at it.
Men in Tights is Mel Brooks’ genre spoof on Robin Hood. The screenwriters found some entertaining ways to make sure the audience was up with the story.