GANGS OF NEW YORK (Martin Scorsese, 2002)

Martin Scorsese’s teeming, sprawling Gangs of New York makes as little sense in its butchered form, courtesy of Miramax producer Harvey Weinstein, as did Luchino Visconti’s Il Gattopardo (The Leopard, 1963) in its butchered version, courtesy of star Burt Lancaster, who engineered a drastically cut, English-dubbed version purely for American consumption despite the fact that […]

FORTY GUNS (Samuel Fuller, 1957)

Shot in 1½ weeks, Samuel Fuller’s anarchic black-and-white Forty Guns is one of the great American westerns. Set in and around 1881 Tombstone, Arizona, it revolves around complex, corrupt cattle rancher Jessica Drummond (Barbara Stanwyck, fierce, concentrated, brilliant), the landowning “lady with a whip,” atop the throne of her white steed, leading an army of […]