Movie Diary 8/20/2012

The Lawless (Joseph Losey, 1950). New DVD of this well-managed social-issue picture is a very nice job. Racial tension in a small town where the immigrant fruit pickers live on the wrong side of the tracks – the kind of movie progressive Hollywood was cooking up at that moment. The unlikely couple at the center is Gail Russell and the always-electric Macdonald Carey (actually, a pretty good role for him). One manhunt across a field of clacking rocks is a good example of Losey’s ability to make a real location into something abstract.

At What a Feeling!, walk your dog over to a vintage review of Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist, the 1988 film that got Geena Davis an Oscar.

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