Edited by Don Malcolm on 8/6/2017, 8:02 am
THE STORY OF G.I. JOE
OUT OF THE PAST
BLOOD ON THE MOON
RIVER OF NO RETURN
MITCHUM AND TV (where co-curator Philippe Garnier "printed the legend" well after the fact...)
HOME FROM THE HILL
THE WONDERFUL COUNTRY
NICE GIRLS DON'T STAY FOR BREAKFAST (Bruce Weber's sadly compromised documentary)
THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE
This is what I'd call a CCC--a cinephile committee compromise--one that makes a passive-aggressive case for the "iconic laconic" side of Mitchum even as it purports to show "two faces" of the actor (the strange and highly inaccurate subtitle of the series). Why so little classic noir? Why did they bury the stepping stones under the path to understanding?
I think we can all improve on this grouping, either within noir, or not--or in some other combination of the two. I will let you take a crack at this before I weigh in, though I will say that the Aero Theatre is bringing together two films tonight (CROSSFIRE and THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER) that would certainly make my list (though not on the same night!!).
The biggest problem is that no one is seemingly in a position anymore to program enough films in such a series to do justice to the magnificently mercurial career of Mitchum. The closest to that occurred at the Brattle Theatre (Boston), with their 19-film series that began last month and continues through the end of August...in which they barely overlap with the Bologna lineup...
[EDIT] ...so that if one combined the two programs, one might be getting close to a full examination of this magnetic, enigmatic figure. FWIW, my take on a Mitchum festival follows in the next post...