Ben Johnson

  • Camillo Mastrocinque – Il peccato di Anna AKA Anna’s Sin (1953)

    Camillo Mastrocinque1951-1960DramaItaly
    Il peccato di Anna (1953)
    Il peccato di Anna (1953)

    A unique film for its time, Anna’s Sin is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Othello set in Rome of the early 1950s. In particular, Anna’s Sin stages an interracial relationship at the moment of the rise of the U.S. civil rights movement, Pan-Africanism and anti-colonial struggle. Originally debuting in Italy in 1952, Anna’s Sin was released in the U.S. in 1954 and later re-released in 1961 as an interracial exploitation film. For many years, Anna’s Sin was an out-of-circulation, “lost” film, with The Wisconsin Historical Society Archives in Madison, Wisconsin holding a rare English-dubbed version. In 2017, the UCLA Film & Television Archives digitized a 35mm print of the film held by the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research and are pleased to organize a virtual screening of this rarely seen work.Read More »

  • David Lowell Rich – Runaway! (1973)

    1971-1980David Lowell RichThrillerUSA

    At a mountain ski resort, some two hundred passengers board the train for the return to Jackson City. At the controls is veteran engineer Holly Gibson, and as the train proceeds downhill, Gibson discovers that the main brakes have frozen….Read More »

  • Roger Spottiswoode – Terror Train (1980)

    1971-1980HorrorRoger SpottiswoodeThrillerUSA

    A college fraternity prank goes wrong and a student ends up in the mental asylum. Three years later, it’s graduation time, and the members of the fraternity decide to have a costume party aboard a train trip to celebrate their graduation. Unknowingly to them, a killer has slipped aboard, killing them off one by one, disguised in the costumes of the victims.Read More »

  • John Ford – Rio Grande (1950)

    1941-1950John FordRomanceUSAWestern

    Plot synopsis:
    A cavalry officer posted on the Rio Grande must deal with murderous raiding Apaches, his son who’s a risk-taking recruit and his wife from whom he has been separated for many years.

    Rio Grande is a 1950 film and the third installment of John Ford’s “cavalry trilogy”, following Fort Apache (1948) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949). John Wayne stars in all three films, as Captain Kirby Yorke (York) in Fort Apache, then as Capt. of Cavalry Nathan Cutting Brittles in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and finally as a promoted Lieutenant Colonel Kirby Yorke (York) in Rio Grande.Read More »

  • Sam Peckinpah – The Getaway (1972)

    1971-1980ActionCrimeSam PeckinpahUSA

    As a monetary rater of movies, you can tell that I have leanings. My film studies background is rooted in films noir and gritty westerns and at heart, The Getaway is a pulp crime drama with a southwestern flavor. Of course I love it; there’s a heist, a duel, a shootout, a con and every other genre staple that I’ve written about before (not to mention it played a pivotal role in my graduating thesis). It’s true that these details ingratiate the film to me, but it’s also true that The Getaway is a fantastic film. It’s a Steve McQueen movie, after all! That alone makes it a classic and worth watching.Read More »

  • John Milius – Dillinger (1973)

    USA1971-1980ActionCrimeJohn Milius

    Synopsis
    After a shoot-out kills five FBI agents in Kansas City the Bureau target John Dillinger as one of the men to hunt down. Waiting for him to break Federal law they sort out several other mobsters, while Dillinger’s bank robbing exploits make him something of a folk hero. Escaping from jail he finds Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson have joined the gang and pretty soon he is Public Enemy Number One. Now the G-men really are after him.Read More »

  • Steven Spielberg – The Sugarland Express (1974)

    1971-1980ActionDramaSteven SpielbergUSA

    Synopsis:
    Lou-Jean, a blonde woman, tells her husband, who is imprisoned, to escape. They plan to kidnap their own child, who was placed with foster parents. The escape is partly successful, they take a hostage, who is a policeman and are pursued through to Texas…Read More »

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