29 September 2010

Back on Track?

I took a vacation from the blog over the summer, and now that school has started and I am going to be busy (instead of just lazy, which was the excuse for not keeping up during the summer) I'm not sure I'll do much better. In any case, news that Arthur Penn passed away yesterday reminded me of all the films of his that I wrote about for class and this blog. He was a great, under-appreciated director who changed things for American cinema (with Bonnie & Clyde) and then got overshadowed by the rush of great directors during the '70s.

Bonnie & Clyde is my favorite, but it's a predictable pick. There are other greats, including Little Big Man (1970), Night Moves (1975), and the interesting early effort The Left-Handed Gun (1958), but the one I champion the most is the problematic, Sam-Spiegel-interrupted, fascinating The Chase (1966) starring Marlon Brando, Robert Redford, Angie Dickinson, Jane Fonda, and Robert Duvall (what a cast, huh?) A lot of these can be found in the backlog of this blog with small write-ups.

(Arthur Penn, 1922-2010)