by Sam Juliano
The long-awaited Western Countdown kicks off today with Allan Fish’s review of the Number 50 film Destry Rides Again. The project will run into December, with essays scheduled Monday through Friday of every week until completion. This is the third communal countdown in three years for WitD after similar ventures into the film musical and the film comedy. Readers as ever are strongly encouraged to participate in the comment sections, though as always this will depend on everyone’s busy schedules. I would like to thank all those who have injected enthusiasm into the project with special kudos to Jon Warner, Sachin Gandhi and Shubhajit Lahiri for going above and beyond over the past months in stocking their sites with western reviews and talking up a storm in the project’s behalf.
WitD would also like to thank Dee Dee for her continued maintenance of the site sidebar, and the posting of relevant links and some vital itinerary concerning the film noir community.
Lucille and I only managed to see a local stage production of the slapstick staging of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Nutley’s Little Theatre, a barn-like structure in a quiet, residential area of a North Jersey town about 8 miles west of New York City. Must of this revue of the Bard’s works were quite funny (yes, some of it is silly) and the entire show was done by three actors, constantly changing costumes. Sammy and Jeremy also attended and had a grand old time.
The gay-themed OUT IN THE DARK is one of the best films of its type and it went beyond the affecting romance between a Jewish Lawyer and a Palestinian student both living in Tel Aviv and going through some fearful political recriminations. Lucille and I watched the film with Broadway Bob.
Out in the Dark **** (Saturday night) Cinema Village