Feedback from our readers
Your On the Set issue was a cover-to-cover treat. Thanks for so many revealing details and photos. The story showcasing Mad Men‘s props and costumes demonstrated how the littlest nuances help flavor one of TV’s most compelling dramas.
While I will agree with your piece ”1939: Film’s Finest Year,” I have long argued that film’s second-finest year came 50 years later, in 1989, with classics like Glory, Field of Dreams, When Harry Met Sally…, Parenthood, Dead Poets Society, Batman, Do the Right Thing, Born on the Fourth of July, My Left Foot, and sex, lies, and videotape. Clearly, we should all look to 2039 as the next really great year for movies.
Alta Loma, Calif.
Yes, I know that the year 1939 is an embarrassment of riches for classic films. But couldn’t you have given a tad more love to George Cukor’s The Women? ”L’amour, l’amour — toujours l’amour!” Look, EW, fans of the divine actress Norma Shearer are not taking this sitting down. She’s been overlooked far too often. For years The Women was her only film available on DVD. And while her role of Mary Haines is not her most iconoclastic (hello, Marie Antoinette!), she is beloved for her amazing work in this true camp classic.
Chris Nashawaty’s piece blasting Roman Polanski was right on the money (News & Notes). A brilliant filmmaker? Yes. But the ugly assumption underlying the swell of support from the Hollywood community is that a good artist should be above the law. That is a disgusting, elitist message, and I am disappointed in Scorsese, Allen, and the rest for carrying it.
Major kudos to Chris Nashawaty for writing what any responsible human being has been thinking of lately about Polanski. I love movies and TV, sometimes for their entertainment value and sometimes for their artistic merit. And I don’t let an entertainer’s politics affect my enjoyment of his or her work. But Polanski is a criminal, period. He did a horrible thing to a child and should be punished accordingly.
A Good Tip
I’m glad to see Stephen King speaking out for the small horror film Carriers in his column. I had never heard of it and decided to take a chance and see it. Walked out very pleased with my decision.
Tried and True
In her review of Jeannette Walls’ Half Broke Horses, Lisa Schwarzbaum calls the ”true-life novel” a ”useful new category sure to be appropriated by future…yarn spinners” (Books section). This isn’t entirely true. Last century there was an amazing writer who wrote what he referred to as ”nonfiction novels”: Truman Capote.