Movie Diary 8/20/2019

The Steel Helmet (Samuel Fuller, 1951). A great moment in the history of low-budget filmmaking, Fuller’s Korean War picture is a stripped-down demonstration of structure and character. Despite the limitations of the main set, it’s a physical film, and Fuller keeps surprising you by letting the conversations “go there” (a discussion about the Japanese-American internment during WWII, for instance). A couple of the startling moments of violence have a very modern feel, as though Fuller was at least 15 years ahead of his time. Remember this one, folks.