What is Hollywood, you ask, dear children? A quorum of whores babbling endlessly on about fucking while the bordello is razed for a penny arcade -- Paul Bern

Thursday, September 2, 2010


What's great about FULLER is that he always gives his ellipsoidal stories an alternate focus point -- which doesn't quite rise to the force of a subplot, but suggests another parallel universe with a dignity and weight of its own. We can imagine another, perhaps a better, certainly stranger and more secret movie about THIS GUY -- or about Van Cleef in China Gate or Thelma Ritter in Pickup, or Cameron Mitchell in Bamboo, etc. The engine that drives the movie is not necessarily what sustains his interest.

The lost art of the periphery...

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