Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Patrick McGilligan on Nicholas Ray this Thursday at Boswell, Milwaukee Story is Library Link of the Day.
Ray’s most ardent admirers will bristle at McGilligan’s tone, from the title on down: He’s merciless in chronicling the many drugs, irresponsible relationships, and self-sabotaged opportunities, emphasizing the semi-gossipy over the analytical. But McGilligan makes no claim that he’s providing a critical study: He’s just setting out the facts of a long, colorful, often depressingly bleak downward spiral. A quote from James Mason sums it up: "I could tell you many conversations about Nick Ray, and mostly they’re an exchange about Nick’s strange conduct in one way or another. They all seem to end up with someone saying, ‘Mark you, Nick is not without talent!’”
I am not sure if the vagaries of doing a quote within a quote within a quote. So I'll just use the old change the color of the typeface trick. Here's the rest of the AV Club's review.
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Addendum on 8/10--Chris Foran reviews Nicholas Ray in the Journal Sentinel.
"As laid out by McGilligan - the author of books on James Cagney, Alfred Hitchcock and Oscar Michaeux, among others - Ray's life is sort of the Bizarro-world version of the American dream: the tale of a man, full of energy and ideas, who, given loads of opportunities, squanders them again and again."
Read the rest of Foran's piece here.
Yesterday's Journal Sentinel piece finds more life online. Our friend Meg from MPL notes that it was the library link of the day. Want to see all the links? Here they are.