John Cromwell Week
After enjoying the Selznick version of THE PRISONER OF ZENDA, I decided to watch more stuff by director John Cromwell.
So here it is — John Cromwell Week on Shadowplay, taking us up to Christmas. Interesting thing about this one, apart from the comparative obscurity and low status of the subject (I require you to be curious about films you may not have heard of or been interested in, as usual) is that I’m going from a standing start: this is the only previous Shadowplay entry on a Cromwell film, and I believe it’s the only Cromwell I’d seen before this week.
Incidentally, is Shadowplay the only blog that ever does a week themed around a single film-maker’s work? Is it the only film blog written substantially by one person which posts every day (I think I missed about seven days in nine+ years of blogging), discounting movie-news type places? Certainly I think it’s the only blog that’s going to devote a week to a talented Hollywood journeyman like Cromwell. I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, or not too hard. But this is kind of a strange, unusual thing I do and maybe I should talk it up more.
First proper post in the series will be later today. Those with a fondness for Cromwell and Selznick may be able to guess which film we’ll end on. But I haven’t watched that one yet, so I promise nothing. Viewing recommendations gratefully received, as at this point some of you no doubt know more than me.