October 25, 2009 |
Samuel Fuller was a director with a signature style: blunt verging on brutal, partial to shock cuts and mega close-ups. As a screenwriter, this former crime reporter was no less distinctive, favoring hot-button issues and hard-boiled repartee. A superb new seven-disc set, "The Samuel Fuller Collection" ($79.95, Sony, out Tuesday), which contains two films written and directed by Fuller and five earlier efforts on which he has a writing or story credit, is an intriguing auteurist study that shows the Fuller personality both as the driving force of a film and as an (often powerful)
November 30, 2008 |
A cigar-chomping newspaperman turned two-fisted pulp auteur, Samuel Fuller (1912-1997) never had much use for subtlety. His signature style -- lurid, didactic, in-your-face -- would seem to leave little room for ambiguity. But because Fuller's films were often more complex than his tabloid sensibility suggested, he spent a good deal of his career being misunderstood and battling controversy.
November 17, 2002 |
Sam Fuller's gloriously robust memoir is the inspirational book of the year, if not decade, for anyone even remotely connected to the film business.
November 24, 1997 |
Samuel Fuller, who liked to direct with a cigar in one hand and sometimes a .45 in the other, received the accolades at a near-three-hour memorial tribute Saturday morning at the Directors Guild that had largely eluded him during his many years in Hollywood.
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October 31, 1997 |
Director Samuel Fuller, whose films reflected his experience as a Depression-era drifter, a World War II hero and a crime reporter, died Thursday. He was 86. Fuller died of natural causes at his home in the Hollywood Hills, said family friend Joseph McBride. Fuller, who lived in France until recently, had suffered a stroke several years ago. He became a copy boy for the New York Journal when he was 12 and a crime reporter for the San Diego Sun by the time he was 17.
July 31, 1997 |
If the recent death of James Stewart struck a deep and wide chord in the American public, it's due in part to two films he made with director Frank Capra, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939) and "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946). Stewart made a number of classic films, but in the end he was most cherished as the naive neophyte who took on a corrupt U.S.