ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (Howard Hawks, 1939)

This is the one about a Panama airflight company that braves often impossible weather to transport mail in the 1930s. It stars Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Richard Barthelmess and a pre-hair dye Rita Hayworth.      It is an overwhelming (if a bit long) chronicle of frustrated, unhappy, suspended lives. Howard Hawks’s film reeks of the Depression. […]

MON ONCLE D’AMERIQUE (Alain Resnais, 1980)

Alain Resnais’ Mon oncle d’Amérique blends documentary and fictional aspects. Evolutionary biologist/behaviorist Henri Laborit, who appears as himself, had selected Resnais as the logical person to direct a documentary in which he, Laborit, would present his views about human behavior on the basis of experiments with rats. Resnais brought in Jean Gruault to expand the […]