Friday, September 30, 2016

My Son John (1952)

One of the most extreme Cold War Scare films. America as seen by The Nights of Columbus and The American Legion. Robert Walker suggests the triple threats of intellectualism, Communism and Homosexulaity. His dad hits him on the head with the family bible. He died making this film and footage from Strangers On A Train was cobbled in. Helen Hayes is continuously humiliated for being a “Woman of a certain age”; menopausal. A truly great Bad-Film.

Before the age of the Internet it was very difficult to see this anti-masterpiece. Back in the early 90’s we made a pilgrimage from Astoria Queens to the Brooklyn Museum in a Winter Hurricane to see it and it was well worth it.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016