Tag: Sterling Hayden

  • Honoring the Voice Senior Film Critic’s New Book, An Army of Phantoms, at BAM

    A new book by an obscure film writer with the suspicious handle “J. Hoberman”—a blacklist pseudonym?—occasions this 14-title salute at BAM, curated by the author himself. Moving from the immediate post–World War II period to Eisenhower’s re-election in 1956, An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War collates action in […]

  • Feminism, Freud, and Blacklist Fear in Ray’s Cult Western

    Before there was Jerry Lewis there was Johnny Guitar. Nicholas Ray’s 1954 western—a luridly operatic mix of Freudian sexual pathology and political subtext, featuring Joan Crawford’s grim, glam gunslinger—was dismissed by American reviewers but embraced by Cahiers du Cinéma as an auteurist cause célèbre: “Le cinéma c’est Nicholas Ray,” in Jean-Luc Godard’s exuberant formulation. Like […]