Some of the best films have so much plot they are very difficult to sum up. Others give you too little. Barry Levinson’s classic serves you french fries and gravy.
Of all the genres, the courtroom is perhaps the one most beset by clichés. So is there any evidence for a few masterpieces?
There have been four adaptations of Jack Finney’s novel. But what new angle could you bring to the classic sci-fi allegory?
To make a masterpiece about greed, media manipulation and McCarthyism, you hire a director whose background is in comedy.
Gordon Willis was one of cinema’s greatest artists. Irrespective of genre: comedy, drama, thriller, musical or gangster picture, his style and technique was so unmistakable he should have been called a cinematrograph-auteur.
Steven Benedict is a well-known radio broadcaster, college lecturer, writer, producer, and director of films and documentaries.