JUAREZ (William Dieterle, 1939)

Mexico’s fight to be independent of foreign rule in the 1860s provides the meat for the historical epic Juarez (without the accent), a lavish Hollywood production that crowds its scenes with tons of extras and rushes its best shots to get on with the story. Still, the film is a fascinating mix, and one that […]

BLACK FURY (Michael Curtiz, 1935)

Controversy surrounding Black Fury kept Warner Bros. from promoting its brilliant star for a best actor Oscar nomination; but Paul Muni was unofficially nominated anyhow, by Academy voters, who gave Muni as a write-in candidate the second highest total of votes.* ** *** He is indeed immense—initially boisterous, ultimately heartrending and fiercely righteous—as coal miner […]