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Bertrand Tavernier

Heroes For Sale

Wild Bill Wellman, Back in the Saddle

Over the decades, certain famous titles by director William “Wild Bill” Wellman have thrown a veil over another part of his work. Praised were the very real qualities of Wings (1927), Battleground (1949) and Public Enemy (1931), as was the audacity of The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), the extraordinary force of......
Philippe Noiret

Life and So Much More

He was a friend, a brother, a father. I owe everything to him. And now, overcome with sorrow, I don’t know how to speak about him. I must cry out my remembrance. It was his fidelity to his word, his sense of honor, that allowed me to make The Clockmaker......
Powell (right) in De Toth's dark and stormy L.A. noir

Remembering Pitfall

In his excellent memoir, Fragments, André De Toth says too little about his Los Angeles–set film noir, Pitfall(1948), about a married insurance adjuster (Dick Powell) who betrays his wife (Jane Wyatt) with a seductive department-store model (Lizabeth Scott) and gets pulled deep into the L.A. underworld by a corrupt private......