BRIGHTON ROCK (John Boulting, 1947)

Based on Graham Greene’s 1938 novel, which Greene and Terence Rattigan adapted, Brighton Rock is a terrifying crime thriller, set between the wars, about a gang of hoodlums, headed by vicious, 17-year-old Pinkie Brown, which “offers” protection and eliminates Fred, who has a rival protection racket. Fred’s death, in a beachside tunnel of horrors ride, […]

AMERICAN MADNESS (Frank Capra, 1932)

Written by Robert Riskin, American Madness, a great film of the Great Depression, may even be director Frank Capra’s masterpiece. Perhaps he could be so patiently and penetratingly objective about the times because, a right-wing Republican (who veered into fascism with Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939, and Meet John Doe, 1941), Capra wasn’t seduced […]