Friday, September 23, 2011

The Men Who Made the Movies: Howard Hawks

Howard Hawks is one of those directors whose resume is so hard to recall because it is so versatile. Consider these classics and their genres: "Bringing Up Baby" and "His Girl Friday" (screwball comedy), "Sergeant York" (war), "To Have and Have Not" (romance/adventure), "Red River" and "Rio Bravo" (western), and "The Big Sleep" (noir). In this documentary, as Sydney Pollack narrates, Time's Richard Schickel takes us through Hawks' incredible films as the great director himself is interviewed. Listening to him, Hawks really is a compelling, authoritative figure. A hard, tough man he also comes off as intelligent and modest, rejecting claims of greatness from adoring French auteurs and asserting that he only filmed what he thought worked. "The Men Who Made the Movies: Howard Hawks" is a fascinating and insightful look into a legendary director's career.