Articles by Srikanth Srinivasan
Nov 09, 2019
In Fritz Lang’s 1946 classic Cloak and Dagger, a prescient and thrilling fable about the loss of innocenceIn its own way, Cloak and Dagger attests to the passing of the baton from Hollywood’s left wing, in the ascendant since the Great Depression, to the conservatives, who would dominate the industry in the subsequent decade.
Oct 26, 2019
All that Heaven Allows: How Douglas Sirk's 1955 film critiqued an American malaise through trope of forbidden loveAll That Heaven Allows is a highly moving work about the anxiety of having to live up to societal standards and the programmed fear of rejecting them
Oct 12, 2019
Revisiting King Vidor's Our Daily Bread: 1934 Great Depression film idealised community, self-sufficiencyIn the first scene of Our Daily Bread, Mary (Karen Morley) wards off debtors as John (Tom Keene) returns after a fruitless day looking for jobs, his days of dreaming big far behind him. So begins King Vidor's 1934 classic on the Great Depression.
Sep 28, 2019
Revisiting Sergeant York: Why the 1941 Gary Cooper-starrer, while flawed, exemplifies Golden Era HollywoodHoward Hawks’ Sergeant York (1941), starring Gary Cooper as World War I hero Alvin C York, was the biggest box-office draw of the year and was nominated for 11 Academy Awards. Even so, it isn’t cherished the same way the classics of the period are.