Peter Brown

  • R.A. Ostwald – The Party (1962)

    1961-1970DramaR.A. OstwaldShort FilmUnited Kingdom

    The film follows Martin who arrives at a party and meets a girl, but blows his chances with her having previously over-indulged, and rushes off to be sick. Later he goes for a walk with a friend and upon returning to the party, soberly glimpses his date, one last time, but her allure is gone.Read More »

  • Samuel Fuller – Merrill’s Marauders (1962)

    USA1961-1970ClassicsSamuel FullerWar

    Fuller admitted that he was obsessed by war and that he wouldn’t have made war movies unless he’d seen combat (he did, with distinction). This movie plays like a gutsy draft of his cherished project, The Big Red One, and looks as if it could have influenced Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line (compare the steady destruction of the entrenched Japanese as the men advance on them). Merrill’s men are in Burma on a pitiless mission that we are dragged into emotionally, then almost physically, by Fuller’s up-front direction, as we gradually realize its suicidal nature.Read More »

  • George Waggner – Red Nightmare (1962)

    1961-1970DramaGeorge WaggnerShort FilmUSA

    Jerry Donovan is just an ordinary American, who loves his family but takes his freedoms for granted. He goes to sleep, and finds himself in an alternate universe in which everyone refers to everyone else as “comrade.” And we know what that means—Jerry and his kind are denounced as “an ugly remnant of a diseased bourgeois class,” all the churches have been shuttered, and there’s a Soviet-style interrogation, much like the one in The Great Rights. Extra special kudos to Robert Conrad, who appears briefly as a factory comrade seeing to it that Jerry meets quota.Read More »

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