LEMONADE JOE (Oldřich Lipský, 1964)

Spoofs of the Western genre include the good (Destry Rides Again, 1939), the bad (The Paleface, 1948) and the ugly (Blazing Saddles, 1974). Without doubt, though, the funniest is also the most manic, accomplished, gorgeous and technically dazzling: from Czechoslovakia, Limonádový Joe aneb Konská opera. Brilliantly directed by Oldřich Lipský from his and Jiří Brdečka’s […]

AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY (Josef von Sternberg, 1931)

Theodore Dreiser’s gigantic, moody, sociologically dense 1925 An American Tragedy is, for me, the greatest American novel of the twentieth century. Like its chief competition for that title, another 1925 book, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, it is about the collision between an upwardly mobile heart, perpetually courting social acceptance, and realities that seem […]