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The Films of John Huston: Moulin Rouge

January 27, 2013
The Films of John Huston: Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge was the film I was watching when I abruptly stopped my Huston retrospective over two years ago. I just couldn’t get through the film. But after going through Huston’s autobiography once more, I decided to give it another go. It opens on the Rouge’s windmill with the Lautrec lettering announcing the year...
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The Films of John Huston: ‘Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison’

September 28, 2010
The Films of John Huston: ‘Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison’

*Okay, I know these usually go up on Monday, but we had a lot of stuff go up yesterday, so I saved this for today.* Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison is Huston’s foray into the wonderful of what we happily refer to as “Nuncore.” Well, maybe not too explicit, but there is some latent sexual...
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The Films of John Huston: ‘Moby Dick’

September 20, 2010
The Films of John Huston: ‘Moby Dick’

Moby Dick is probably the pinnacle of 1950s Huston. Moving from his ‘40s adaptations of contemporary American pulp (The Maltese Falcon) and popular works (In This Our Life) to more ambitious projects (The African Queen, The Red Badge of Courage, Moby Dick, and, eventually even The Bible), the decade marks a grandiose turn in Huston. It’s a...
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The Films of John Huston: Beat the Devil

September 13, 2010
The Films of John Huston: Beat the Devil

Beat the Devil, despite its 1953 release, may be the most relevant Huston film for our current Age of Self-Parody Performances. You know: once-serious actors who now seem to coast by on playing offsetting exaggerations of former roles–Christopher Walken, Gary Busey, and, of course, William Shatner, spring to mind. I’m sure there’s plenty more,...
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The Films of John Huston: The African Queen

September 6, 2010
The Films of John Huston: The African Queen

The African Queen is kind of an odd duck in the Huston pantheon. And I’m not just saying that because I love the phrase “…is an odd duck.” Seriously! The next time you’re with your friends and see a flabby middle-aged man, balding, with glasses and a briefcase looking like he’s regretted every decision...
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The Films of John Huston: The Red Badge of Courage

August 30, 2010
The Films of John Huston: The Red Badge of Courage

After tackling two contemporary classics (The Maltese Falcon, Treasure of the Sierra Madre), a few other popular works (In This Our Life, We Were Strangers, Key Largo), and three war documentaries (Report from the Aleutians, Battle of San Pietro, Let There Be Light), in 1951, Huston delved into America’s literary past and adapted Stephen...
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The Films of John Huston: The Asphalt Jungle

August 23, 2010
The Films of John Huston: The Asphalt Jungle

This is one of those films that makes me happy about doing a retrospective on John Huston. Just when I think it’s going to get boring, I stumble on a movie like The Asphalt Jungle, and it blows me away. The Asphalt Jungle, for a cinemaphile today, is a study in influence—not what it...
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The Films of John Huston: Key Largo

July 26, 2010
The Films of John Huston: Key Largo

Huston doesn’t give much time to Key Largo in his autobiography, save for sharing his dissatisfaction with Warner Brothers in the late 1940s and some epic stories of his gambling debts. Offhandedly he mentions that it was nominated for Best Picture and Claire Trevor won the award for Best Supporting Actress. What small part...
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The Films of John Huston: Treasure of the Sierra Madre

July 19, 2010
The Films of John Huston: Treasure of the Sierra Madre

After The Maltese Falcon, Treasure of the Sierra Madre is probably Huston’s most famous film—the two may vie for the title of best known. It’s a great movie in the sense that The Godfather and Casablanca are great movies: memorable characters, rich in themes, steep in action, imminently watchable.  The kind of “old” movie...
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The Films of John Huston: Across the Pacific

July 12, 2010
The Films of John Huston: Across the Pacific

First off, let me admit that I jumped the gun getting to Huston’s war documentaries before covering 1942’s Across the Pacific. But I’m kind of glad I did, because it provides a nice break between Let There Be Light and Treasure of the Sierra Madre—two very intense films. Pacific is much lighter and a...
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