Archive for category: by Peter Richards

The Donner Impasse

9 September, 2012 (22:54) | by Peter Richards, Directors, Essays | By: Peter Richards

The announcement of Clive Donner’s death in September, 2010, reminded film buffs of a certain age of some good film-making and some good times, but chiefly it made one reflect anew on just how fleeting glory can be in the movie business. Clive Donner’s directing career lasted from the late 1950s into the 1990s, but […]

The Earth Is Made Of Glass: Orson Welles’s ‘The Stranger’

7 November, 2011 (09:27) | by Peter Richards, Essays, Film Noir, Orson Welles | By: Peter Richards

The standard wisdom about Orson Welles’s 1946 thriller The Stranger—broadly, that it’s Welles’s weakest film, the runt in his otherwise superlative litter—needs challenging, even if Welles himself seemed mostly disinclined to do so. Only in 1982, three years before his death, did he appear to suggest, to BBC interviewers, that it wasn’t so terrible after […]

Blake Edwards And The Hobgoblin Of Inconsistency

1 August, 2011 (08:56) | by Peter Richards, Directors, Essays | By: Peter Richards

The death of Blake Edwards at the end of 2010, more than fifteen years after his last film work, was a reminder of a gaudy and maddening career which had been in a state of collapse for over a decade before it finished; and also of an undoubted auteur who needed to be rescued from […]