Visionary Film #1

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The Hard Way
(Vincent Sherman; 1943)


swac said...

Heh...I was pondering this very type of series. I was going to call it The Enduring Gaze or some such nonsense. I like this better.

Tom Sutpen said...

Well, with 'Signs and Meaning' I used the title of one esteemed Cinema tome; ripping off another (in this case, P. Adams Sitney's history of American avant-garde gumbo) was a snap.

Kevin said...

Errol Morris used an image VERY much like this in his documentary "The Thin Blue Line"--to dramatize the claim of a false witness (Emily Miller) that she was focusing intently on a killing as it was happening. By the way, he has a great web site (, and I bet he'd love your site.--KK

swac said...

Aside from all the films he's made, I'll forever love Errol Morris for the piece he did for the Village Voice on the 50th anniversary of Citizen Kane, arguing that CK was NOT in fact The Great American Movie.

His pick was Detour, and he made a pretty compelling case for it too.