IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (Frank Capra, 1934)

Frank Capra won an Oscar for directing It Happened One Night, penned by Robert Riskin (who also won an Oscar, as did the film) from a short story, “Night Bus,” by Samuel Hopkins Adams. Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert—both Oscared for their most charming, fullest, most vulnerable performances—play newspaperman Peter Warne and Ellie Andrews, both […]

MERRY-GO-ROUND (Zoltán Fábri, 1955)

Suffused with melancholy, lyrical, poetic and full of folk-feeling, decked with haunting choral singing and merry-go-roundish dance, Zoltán Fábri’s Hungarian Romeo and Juliet, Körhinta, has just become one of the movies of my dreams. Based on a short story, “Kútban,” by Imre Sarkadi (“In the Well” is its English title), this film claims a quintessential […]