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Summer Reading Challenge #2 - Nothing Sacred: The Cinema of William Wellman

Last summer I signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge that is held over at Raquel Stecher’s Out of the Past blog.  I never got around to posting anything.  This summer things will be different!  The challenge runs from May 23 to September 15, 2019. Here is my second post for the challenge.


There are books like Robert Graves I Claudius or General Lew Wallace's Ben-Hur which bring to mind the word EPIC.  Especially when they are attached to a film, in both cases above.  The stories and the films are towering achievements.  Do not @me about the British television series I Claudius, it is magnificent.  What was not spent on sets was more than amply made up for by the sheer star wattage of acting.  The silent Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is an epic journey in every sense.  Sensitively told and thrilling with the chariot race.

Frank Thompson and John Andrew Gallagher's massive book Nothing Sacred: The Cinema of William Wellman should go down in history as one of the greatest …

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