DUEL IN THE SUN (King Vidor et al., 1946)

From Niven Busch’s novel, this extravagant western, produced by David O. Selznick, upon its original release was condemned as immoral and mocked by being dubbed Lust in the Dust. King Vidor signed it as the last director standing; parts were directed by Josef von Sternberg, William Dieterle, Sidney Franklin, William Cameron Menzies and Selznick himself. […]

THE STRANGER (Luchino Visconti, 1967)

Almost immediately, Albert Camus’s L’Etranger combines present, past and future tenses to suggest that the present impresses time into its own domain. Camus’s 1942 novel, begun in the late 1930s, had absorbed its own brace of history: the death that Camus, as a tubercular teenager, narrowly escaped but whose shadow thereafter dogged him; the Moscow […]