DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY (Mitchell Leisen, 1934)

Unlike the three-hour remake, Meet Joe Black (Martin Brest, 1998), which is useless and worthless, the original 80-minute Death Takes a Holiday, trim and compact yet immeasurably fuller, is strikingly romantic, spooky, delightful. Mitchell Leisen’s film is based on the English-language adaptation of a 1920s Italian play. Its centerpiece is a splendid, sensitive performance by […]