zavkram wrote:I think it's the films in which Wilder had collaborated with screenwriter I.L.A. Diamond that I dislike the most.
Can't say I agree with you there.
Diamond collaborated on both SLIH
and The Apartment
- those are two of my 3 favorite Wilder films (the third being Sunset Boulevard
zavkram wrote:I saw "One, Two, Three" about 20 years ago in a film analysis class I took in college. I only remember now that I didn't care much for it.
I am a huge Jimmy Cagney fan. I think he had a real flair for comedy. I find the manic pacing of that movie as well as its rampant cynicism to be very enjoyable. It's a nice historical piece as well - perfectly capturing the tensions of the Cold War that were so prevalent when it was made.
zavkram wrote:My big problem with "Double Indemnity" is the casting of Fred MacMurray as a murderer. I just found his whole portrayal to be comical... maybe because I had seen him on TV all those years on "My Three Sons", my expectations were a bit biased.
For me, MacMurray is not simply a murderer - he's a chump, a guy who thinks he's smart and finds out how dumb he's really been.
If you've ever see the Richard Crenna remake, I think you'll appreciate just how good MacMurray was in that role.
zavkram wrote:As for "Sunset Boulevard", I enjoyed it the first time I saw it; but I don't think I could watch it again anytime soon because of Gloria Swanson's over-the-top acting. Also, that final image of her standing at the top of the staircase in that garish make-up actually used to give me nightmares!
Actually, I have always felt that Swanson's over-acting was a deliberate character note. Her character was from another era in Hollywood and had totally bought into her public persona. As her mind had deteriorated over the years, she felt the need to "play the part" of Norma Desmond.
I actually think that it was a brilliant acting choice and a fearless one for an actress of Swanson's stature to make.
Also, love the fact that Wilder used real personages from the silent era for Desmond's circle of friends. And that her butler, the man who was once her director, was played by Erich Von Stroheim, a man who was once Gloria Swanson's director.
The opening scene of the dead body floating in the swimming pool perfectly sets the creepy tone for the movie.
The final scene is, to me, one of the greatest scenes in Hollywood history and like SOLIH
, Wilder delivers another absolutely priceless closing line.