Tag: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

BR: Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

BR: Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

October 5, 2017 | By

The third film based on a Tennessee Williams play did great business upon its release, even earning Oscar nominations for Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, plus Art Direction-Set Decoration, but Suddenly, Last Summer is a strange little film whose pedigree hides a troubled production that may have contributed to the weird atmosphere…

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Postwar Espionage: The Quiet American (1958) + Foreign Intrigue (1955)

Postwar Espionage: The Quiet American (1958) + Foreign Intrigue (1955)

July 22, 2017 | By

Postwar espionage is featured in two unique productions: Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s The Quiet American (1958) from Twilight Time Blu + Sheldon Reynolds’ unusual Foreign Intrigue (1955) from KL Studio Classics.

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BR: Quiet American, The (1958)

BR: Quiet American, The (1958)

July 22, 2017 | By

Although Graham Greene was less than pleased with the first film version of his 1955 novel, Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1958 effort remains a haunting rendition, mostly due to the excellent performances by two leads and actual filming in the relatively new republic of South Vietnam…

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DVD: House of Strangers (1949)

DVD: House of Strangers (1949)

January 1, 2016 | By

Although a classic film noir packed fine pedigree from Fox’s stable of top talent, this adaptation of Jerome Weidman’s eponymous novel is perhaps better known as the western Fox remade 5 years later as Broken Lance (1954), a more beloved CinemaScope production starring Spencer Tracey, Richard Widmark, and Robert Wagner…

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