SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS (Elia Kazan, 1961)

It was critic Andrew Sarris, I believe, who described Elia Kazan’s artistic output on film as a devolution “from the Method of Streetcar to the madness of” Splendor in the Grass. There can be no doubting that the latter verges on insanity, but it’s quite possible to debate what this means, that is, whether this […]

THE GUNS OF NAVARONE (J. Lee Thompson, Alexander Mackendrick, 1961)

In 1943, a commando mission seeks to obliterate two enormous guns, embedded in a mountain bunker, that keep ships from entering to evacuate British soldiers who are trapped on Kiros, an island in the Aegean Sea, as Germans try pressuring Turkey into the Axis fold.      The Guns of Navarone, from Alistair MacLean’s novel, commits itself […]