Eddie Mueller calls Desert Fury (1947) “the gayest movie ever produced in Hollywood’s golden era” and it’s true that only the lightest inference is required to read this desert noir as a story about clashing same-sex couples. John Hodiak (Somewhere in the Night) stars as Eddie Bendix, a gangster cooling his heels in the small town of Chuckawalla with his henchman Johnny (Wendell Corey) where he meets the restless daughter (Paula, played by Lizabeth Scott) of a former associate. Super-saturated Technicolor renders the landscapes incredibly vivid. With a mop-topped Burt Lancaster as Tom Hanson, the virile deputy sheriff. A standout performance by Mary Astor as Paula’s casino-boss mom!
Daily Archives: October 16, 2020
Formal Analysis (225/303/415)
This short tutorial is a very useful introduction to the formal analysis of film.
Jack London’s kunstlerroman is a big book. Emma Goldman loved it. Last year Pietro Marcello adapted the novel for his film of the same name. Now it’s streaming on AFISilver: