During the hiatus, I read:
Sirk on Sirk (Jon Halliday) - Out-of-print and quite expensive on Amazon, I found a copy in a used-book store and so glad I did. The best of the "Director's name" on "Director's name" books that I've read. Luckily, this copy is the later edition because it includes portions of the interviews excluded from the first - he had asked that comments about his peers be excluded until either he or they had died because he didn't want to negatively impact their securing of future work. He was forthright and thoughtful about movies in general and his films specifically. He also made a comment that I'm going to try to research later this year: that the German emigres' in general didn't get work in Hollywood until after Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entry into WWII. My favorite statement: The studio loved the title All That Heaven Allows. They thought it meant you could have everything you wanted. I meant it exactly the other way round. As far as I'm concerned, heaven is stingy.
Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark (Brian Kellow) - An interesting, detailed and seemingly evenhanded biography. Her sense that the role of the critic is not merely to report on film or to act as a filmgoer's guide, but to try to influence Hollywood to make better films, comes through in her apparently taking it personally when a director she admired made a movie she didn't like. Her dirty little secret is also apparent: deep down inside, she was really an auteurist.
In a Lonely Place (Dorothy B. Hughes) - The first of her books that I've read (Ride the Pink Horse is in queue). Amazing how little Nicholas Ray took from the book, but still kept its sense of dread and doom.
Everyday people...that's what's wrong with the world. -- Morgan Morgan
I love movies. But don't get me wrong. I hate Hollywood. -- Orson Welles
Movies can only go forward in spite of the motion picture industry. -- Orson Welles