BEST BET Lust for Life: Irving Stone's biographical novel about Vincent van Gogh, the spiritually tormented Dutch artist who 1890 at the age of thirty-seven, has been turned into a sombre but solid two-hour movie. Actor Kirk Douglas’ acute performance is helped by his own startling resemblance to Van Gogh's self-portraits. Anthony Quinn likewise does well as the brooding earthy Paul Gauguin. The film was photographed where all its events actually happened, and offers many a widescreen close-up of Van Gogh originals.
Attack: The non-heroic aspects of war are brutally exposed (perhaps too brutally at times, and not always quite believably) in this Hollywood drama about a cowardly captain (Eddie Albert), a corrupt colonel (Lee Marvin) and a homicidal lieutenant (Jack Palance). Qn the whole. 1 found it a powerful story.
Back From Eternity: A skilled cast and an authentically spine-chilling climax make up for the hackneyed elements in the plot. Robert Ryan, Anita Ekberg and Rod Steiger are among those trapped beside their wrecked aircraft in a South American jungle populated by headhunters.
Storm Centre: A non-Communist librarian's dogged refusal to destroy a
Communist textbook is hotly defended in a small-town drama starring Bette Davis. But the basic issues are sometimes obscured, sometimes oversimplified and the plot gimmick at the finish leads to a sentimental orgy.
(MEMOI R S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP
The Ambassador’s Daughter: Comedy.
The Bad Seed: Suspense and horror.
Good until weak ending.
Bigger Than Life: Drama. Fair.
The Birds & the Bees: Comedy. Fair. The Black Tent: Desert drama. Fair.
Bus Stop: Romantic comedy. Fair.
Cast a Dark Shadow: Crime. Good.
The Catered Affair: Drama. Good.
Charley Moon: British musical. Good.
A Cry in the Night: Drama. Poor. Dakota Incident: Western. Fair.
The Fastest Gun Alive: Suspense in the West. Good.
The First Traveling Saleslady: Western comedy-drama. Fair.
Foreign Intrigue: Spy drama. Fair. French Cancan: Music-drama. Good.
The Great Locomotive Chase: Civil War adventure. Good.
The Harder They Fall: Drama. Good. High Society: Musical. Good.
Invitation to the Dance: All-ballet, no-talk musical. Fair.
I’ve Lived Before: Drama. Poor.
Juba!: Western drama. Good.
The Killing: Crime drama. Excellent.
The King and 1: Music-drama. Tops.
A Kiss Before Dying: Suspense. Fair.
The Ladykillers: Comedy. Good.
A Lamp Is Heavy: Hospital drama. Fair.
The Last Ten Days: German drama about Hitler. Excellent.
The Last Wagon: Western. Good.
The Leather Saint: Comedy. Fair.
The Long Arm: Detective story. Good. Lovers and Lollipops: Comedy. Good. Miami Expose: Crime drama. Fair. Moby Dick: Sea drama. Excellent.
I'he Naked Hills: Gold rush. Poor.
Pardners: Western farce. Poor.
Pillars of the Sky: Western. Fair. Private’s Progress: Comedy. Good.
The Proud Ones: Western. Good.
Reach for the Sky: RAF drama. Good. Richard III: Shakespeare. Tops.
Run for the Sun: Suspense. Good. Safari: Jungle melodrama. Fair.
Satellite in the Sky: Science fiction.
The Solid Gold Cadillac: Big-business comedy. Excellent.
Somebody Up There I.ikes Me: Crimeand-boxing biography. Good.
La Strada: Italian drama. Good.
Tea and Sympathy: Drama. Good.
That Certain Feeling: Comedy. Fair.
A Town Like Alice: Drama. Fair. Trapeze: Circus drama. Good.
23 Paces to Baker Street: Mystery and suspense. Good.
Walk the Proud I.and: Western. Fair. War and Peace: Outsize drama. Good.
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