The Public Enemy William A. Wellman

The Cinema of William A. Wellman: A Film Primer

The die, in hindsight, may have been cast in 1968, when iconic American film critic Andrew Sarris, published his iconic book “The American Cinema.” In it, he included William A. Wellman in his chapter called “Less Than Meets the Eye.” Wellman was in good company, lumped in with Billy Wilder and William Wyler among others.…

By Jonathan Eig
Monkey Business - Marx Bros Comedy

From Feathers to Fields: Our 10 Favourite Comedies, 1930-1945

It is a mystery that plagues pop psychologists and culturists alike. What happened to the American sense of humour? American film comedy, which dominated the world in the silent era with towering figures like Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd, took a few years to figure out the new synch sound medium in the late ’20s, and…

By Jonathan Eig and Simon Butler