DE BRUG (Joris Ivens, 1928)

The sketch of the bridge with which Joris Ivens’s silent documentary The Bridge begins is followed by shots of Ivens filming the realized drawbridge and the actual use of this Rotterdam bridge—this, bringing to fruition an engineer’s design and a filmmaker’s film. Most of those we see are specks from the vantage of the bridge’s […]

TENDER IS THE NIGHT (Henry King, 1962)

How sad that Henry King, who made some beautiful films (Twelve O’Clock High, 1949, Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie, 1952), had a career-within-his-career directing that neurotic incompetent, Jennifer Jones. Why, one wonders, did Jones so long want to play Nicole Warren/Diver when surely she knew she lacked the talent, quickness, poignancy and youth to […]