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What's your favorite film by William A. Wellman?

Wings
0 (0%)
Beggars of Life
0 (0%)
Other Men's Women
0 (0%)
The Public Enemy
1 (5%)
Night Nurse
0 (0%)
So Big!
0 (0%)
The Purchase Price
0 (0%)
Heroes for Sale
0 (0%)
Midnight Mary
0 (0%)
Wild Boys of the Road
1 (5%)
Female
0 (0%)
Viva Villa!
0 (0%)
The Call of the Wild
0 (0%)
Small Town Girl
0 (0%)
A Star Is Born (1937)
1 (5%)
Nothing Sacred
0 (0%)
Beau Geste
0 (0%)
Roxie Hart
0 (0%)
Lady of Burlesque
0 (0%)
The Ox-Bow Incident
8 (40%)
Buffalo Bill
0 (0%)
Story of G.I. Joe
1 (5%)
Magic Town
0 (0%)
Yellow Sky
0 (0%)
Battleground
0 (0%)
The Next Voice You Hear...
0 (0%)
The Happy Years
0 (0%)
Across the Wide Missouri
0 (0%)
Westward the Women
0 (0%)
Island in the Sky
0 (0%)
The High and the Mighty
0 (0%)
Track of the Cat
0 (0%)
Blood Alley
0 (0%)
Darby's Rangers
0 (0%)
other (please specify)
0 (0%)
haven't seen any
8 (40%)
don't like any
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 19

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Re: Directors Best Poll - William A. Wellman
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2012, 04:16:58 PM »
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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - William A. Wellman
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2012, 08:58:02 PM »
I was hoping you were going to mention the fantastic scene where Fonda reads the letter of one of the doomed men, and Wellman shoots the scene with the brim of Harry Morgan's hat obscuring Fonda's eyes. That is one of my favorite shots of all time.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - William A. Wellman
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2012, 09:06:34 PM »
I was hoping you were going to mention the fantastic scene where Fonda reads the letter of one of the doomed men, and Wellman shoots the scene with the brim of Harry Morgan's hat obscuring Fonda's eyes. That is one of my favorite shots of all time.

That's the screenshot I wanted to lead the review with but I couldn't find it.

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - William A. Wellman
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2012, 09:12:16 PM »

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William A. Wellman
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2013, 10:32:22 PM »
1. The Ox-Bow Incident
2. Westward the Women
3. A Star is Born
4. Wild Boys of the Road
5. Lady of Burlesque
6. Battleground
7. Midnight Mary
8. Other Men's Women
9. Beggars of Life
10. Men With Wings
11. Beau Geste
12. Heroes For Sale
13. Story of G.I. Joe
14. Nothing Sacred
15. Night Nurse
16. So Big!

17. College Coach
18. The Hatchet Man
19. Lilly Turner
20. Magic Town
21. The Iron Curtain
22. Looking for Trouble
23. Safe in Hell
24. Call of the Wild
25. Buffalo Bill
26. The Star Witness
27. Roxie Hart
28. Blood Alley
29. The Purchase Price
30. The Public Enemy
31. Reaching for the Sun
32. Wings
33. The Great Man's Lady
34. Love is a Racket
35. Good-bye, My Lady
36. Across the Wide Missouri
37. The High and the Mighty

38. Yellow Sky
39. Track of the Cat
40. Island in the Sky
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Re: Directors Best Poll - William A. Wellman
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2013, 11:45:24 AM »
Wings (1927)

The flight sequences are majestic from a technical perspective and a couple of the infantry scenes have great visual ideas. With that out of the way, I can say the rest of the film is miserable. The film tries to set up a four way romance, but two of the players are such weak characters that it holds no weight. The film's numerous comedic gags consistently fall flat, the worst of which is when a drunk Jack amuses himself with bubbles for about ten minutes. It's not funny the first second, it continues to not be funny for ten minutes. The core story is a strong idea, but the film is so wrapped up in showing things that I don't really get why we need to see. It spends a weird amount of time showing infantry combat when they only come into the story a couple of times. Ultimately, it's a film that comes across as an uneconomical storyteller. It could be 90 minutes and still tell the same story, losing very little in the process.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - William A. Wellman
« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2013, 06:43:29 PM »

The Purchase Price (William A. Wellman, 1932)

This was lovely. Stanwyck is seriously up there for greatest actress ever. The material here isn't even all that notable, but through sheer craft and personality, she sells everything.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - William A. Wellman
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2013, 10:56:18 AM »
Sam is right. There's really nothing else to add, but we so rarely agree I thought it was worth posting.
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Re: Directors Best Poll - William A. Wellman
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2013, 01:10:19 PM »
Glad we agree. I love me some silent films, but Wings was a trial to get through.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - William A. Wellman
« Reply #19 on: September 24, 2013, 07:49:18 PM »
The Ox-Bow Incident
A Star Is Born (1937)
Story of G.I. Joe
Battleground
Wings
Nothing Sacred
   
   
Wild Boys of the Road
Night Nurse
Roxie Hart   
Yellow Sky
The Public Enemy
Other Men's Women       
The Purchase Price    
Heroes for Sale
Midnight Mary    
Female    
Beau Geste    
Buffalo Bill


The High and the Mighty
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