" . . . you've got to stand up for the imaginative world, the imaginative element in the human personality, because I think that's constantly threatened . . . People do have imagination and sensibilities, and I think that does need constant exposition." -- John Read

"To disseminate my subjective thoughts and ideas, I stealthily hide them in a cloak of entertaining storytelling, since the depth of my thinking, shallow at best, might be challenged by erudite experts." -- Curt Siodmak

Saturday, June 25, 2011

New from me at "Senses of Cinema": Examining Nicholas Ray's "Knock on Any Door"

Did you know Bogart and Brando almost co-starred in this early noir by Nicholas Ray? I look at a flawed movie that helped Ray prepare for his masterpiece, "Rebel Without a Cause," and that eerily presaged the cultural shift in consciousness that became America's Generation Gap. Thanks to Senses of Cinema for the opportunity to talk about this painfully awkward yet important and overlooked work.