Tag Archives: World War I

Lawrence, Kierkegaard, and the limits of self-invention

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) dir. David Lean The mystery  of Lawrence of Arabia is the person of Lawrence himself.  He is charismatic and captivating, but who is he?  New York Times critic Bosley Crowther famously complained in his 1962 review … Continue reading

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7th Heaven (1927)

7th Heaven (1927) dir. Frank Borzage Charles Farrell is a Parisian sewer rat who has given up on God, and Janet Gaynor is a prostitute who is regularly abused by her sister. Through a strange series of events, they agree … Continue reading

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King Vidor – The Big Parade, The Crowd

The Big Parade (1925) dir. King Vidor The Crowd (1928) dir. King Vidor Two of King Vidor’s late silent films are early landmarks in genre. 1925′s The Big Parade, much moreso than Griffith’s Birth of a Nation laid down the … Continue reading

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