Tag Archives: Journalism

Samuel Fuller, Screenwriter

There are two schools of thought on what makes a good box set. The first is what you might call the blockbuster principle: just assemble as impressive a collection of hits as you can. Certainly, that works – there’s a reason there are so many

Inherit the Wind

In the mid 1950s, at the height of Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist campaign of political repression, a bold new courtroom drama opened on Broadway that allegorised a dire incident from America’s Christian fundamentalist history to excoriate the current climate of fear and repression. The play’s impact

His Girl Friday

As Howard Hawk’s His Girl Friday opens, we are graced with a silent film style inter-title that announces that the following takes place in a world where Journalists have become an unscrupulous kind who care little of the people around them. What now reads as

Fixed Bayonets

Before he was a director, Samuel Fuller fought in World War II and worked as a tabloid journalist.  The former experience shaped his politics, the latter shaped his sensibility.  If Fuller’s films sometimes seem simplistic, their simplicity is at least born of sincerity.   He knows

Ace in the Hole

Films come and go regardless of their quality; the rare exceptions to this are films that capture the mood of the time without getting bogged down in the stylised machinations of culture or fashion. Failing this, perfectly satirising an easily corruptible medium also works. For

Journal de France

Titles, trailers and posters, those are the three components that will first meet you when deciding upon whether to watch a film or not. Taking the title as one of the most important articles it turns Journal de France into something of a bust –