McCABE & MRS. MILLER (Robert Altman, 1971)

In the Pacific Northwest, about 1900, John McCabe (Warren Beatty, good) enters Presbyterian Church, a mining town whose mud seasonally changes to the snow in which he dies, shot by an enforcer over his failure to sell to a big, respected company the business he (along with madam Constance Miller) built, a successful whorehouse/tavern. As […]

A DEADLY INVENTION (Karel Zeman, 1958)

John Huston and color cinematographer Oswald Morris had given their film of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (1956) the look of old whaling prints; perhaps inspired by this example, Czechoslovakia’s Karel Zeman and his black-and-white cinematographer, Jiří Tarantik, gave Vynález zkázy, their film version of Jules Verne’s 1896 Face au drapeau (Facing the Flag), the appearance of […]