MERRILL’S MARAUDERS (Samuel Fuller, 1962)

Induced by Warner Bros. to make this film as a test run for his dream project, The Big Red One (1980), Samuel Fuller had wanted Gary Cooper to play U. S. Army Brigadier General Frank D. Merrill, who during the Second World War commanded the unit that the press dubbed “Merrill’s Marauders.” Cooper, dying, declined, […]

CUL-DE-SAC (Roman Polanski, 1966)

Roman Polanski recently won the directorial prize at Berlin for his exhilarating, humane The Ghost Writer (2009); but more than forty years ago a film of his took the top prize, the Golden Bear, at the same international film festival. This was the British Cul-de-sac, Polanski’s second, black-and-white film after exiting Communist Poland.      Two wounded […]