August 6, 2010 |
"Van Gogh was a great inspiration for me, a guy for whom life was work and work was life. I wanted to be like him, except I didn't want to go nuts and cut off my ear." — Samuel Fuller It seems only appropriate that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's "Fuller at Fox" film series opens Friday with the most accomplished work Samuel Fuller made for the studio, 1953's "Pickup on South Street." Richard Widmark plays a pickpocket who makes a big mistake when he accidentally steals a roll of microfilm that the communists want.
May 23, 2010 |
AD edited Warning Shadows Home Alone With Classic Cinema Gary Giddins W.W. Norton: 416 pp., $18.95 Gary Giddins is well known for his writing about music — he was a Village Voice jazz columnist for three decades, and his books, among them the biography "Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams," are revered. His writing about movies gets less attention only because he does less of it. "Warning Shadows: Home Alone With Classic Cinema" is his first book devoted exclusively to movies, and it makes me wish that the New York Sun — the short-lived (2002-08)
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.