Bordertown (1935): Archie Mayo’s Melodrama, Starring Paul Muni and Bette Davis

Warner reliable contract director Archie Mayo helmed Bordertown, a raw, biting melodrama, centering on the career of an ambitious lawyer, starring Paul Muni and Bette Davis. Laird Doyle and Wallace Smith’s script is based on Robert Lord’s adaptation of the Carroll Graham’s 1934 novel, Border Town by After graduating from Pacific Night Law School in […]

Splendor in the Grass: Narrative Structure

Playwright Inge won the 1961 Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his scenario of Splendor in the Grass. Detailed Synopsis: How the Action Unfolds Chronologically The tale begins in 1928 in Kansas. The central protagonists, Deanie and Bud, are high-schoolers, though both Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood were older (he 24; she 23). Wilma Dean “Deanie” […]

American Cinema: A Cyclical History of Hollywood

American Cinema: Cyclical History of Hollywood, 1929-2019 October 13, 2019 Book Proposal Emanuel Levy, Ph.D. Professor of Film and Sociology   Introduction My book, American Cinema: A Cyclical History of Hollywood, offers a different way of looking at the American cinema by focusing on film cycles, an unexplored concept in film studies.  The time frame […]

Movie Cycles: Gay Film Cycle, 1967-1971

Between 1967 to 1971, there was a cycle of high-profile gay-themed films (featuring both male and female protagonists), mostly from the studios, which benefited from the newfound freedom in depicting homosexuality in a more honest and open manner.

Movie: Outsiders

Harvey Weinstein, co-chair of Miramax, told Peter Biskind (p. 59): “Bob (Weinstein, his brother) and I grew up as underdogs, and if there’s theme to the movies we make, it’s about the outsider who can come in and change things.” Share this: