The Art of Cinema #340


Elmer Gantry
(Richard Brooks; 1960)

6 comments:

SomeNYGuy said...

Beautiful poster -- more arresting than the American ad campaign.

R.H. said...

Burt Lancaster. Massive talent. And Jean Simmons, woo woo. What a double.

R.H. said...

Sinclair Lewis. You'd be astonished at the research he did for Elmer Gantry. His books were polemic, and very funny, and very good.

Tommy O'C said...

"Elmer Gantry" was one of his lesser works. His portrayal of Gantry was a two-dimensional caricature. The movie was far superior in every way. Its characterization of Gantry, as well as Lancaster's much-deserved Oscar-winning performance, was far more compelling and multi-layered than Lewis's hack job. He was well into his alcoholism by the time he wrote Gantry and his literary reputation was in tatters. "Gantry" is embarrassingly simplistic, repetitive and melodramatic. It's difficult to believe that he did substantial research as there's little evidence of it on the printed page.

R.H. said...

Lewis pulled no punches describing America.

You're a patriotic chap. And good for you.

R.H. said...

How dimensional was Tricky?

I can count dozens.