By Gary A. Smith
American overseas photos (AIP) used to be a movie creation corporation shaped in April 1954 from American freeing company (ARC) through James H. Nicholson, former revenues supervisor of Realart photographs, and Samuel Z. Arkoff, an leisure attorney. It was once devoted to liberating independently produced, cost effective motion pictures packaged as double positive aspects, basically of curiosity to the teens of the Fifties, Sixties, and Nineteen Seventies. Nicholson and Arkoff shaped ARC in 1954, and their first unencumber was once the short and the livid. within the mid-Fifties, American foreign photos used to be the self-proclaimed "Infant of the Industry" and, as such, used to be no longer perceived as a significant danger to the main studios of the time. AIP quickly proved themselves very invaluable competitors as their youth-oriented double positive aspects all started raking in large greenbacks that rivaled and infrequently passed the gains in their rivals. The company's founders have been James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff and through the years they labored jointly as a crew AIP became out their so much creative videos, together with i used to be a Teenage Werewolf, seashore celebration, and the Roger Corman/Vincent cost Poe motion pictures. this is often the tale of these years informed ordinarily utilizing the cloth accrued through AIPs long island publicist.
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Much depends on memory, for the ﬁlms are not easily seen nowadays. I suspect that they are impressive but ﬂawed, and I believe that Le Amiche is the best. It comes from a short story, “Tra Donne Sole,” by the noted Italian novelist Cesare Pavese. The screenplay was done by Antonioni, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, and Albe De Cespede. It is set in Turin, where Clelia (Eleanora Rossi Drago) has just returned to open a branch of the fashion house she has been working for in Rome. She meets a group of friends: the spiteful socialite Momina (Yvonne Furneaux), Mariella (Anna Maria Pancani), a potter named Nene (Valentina Cortese), and Rosetta (Madeleine Fischer), who has just attempted suicide.
He goes to work in the steel mills, and he rises to become a tycoon. He works for a safe automobile; he is against unions. But his ups and downs are settled by the Second World War and its intense appetite for steel. It was Vidor’s hope to have Spencer Tracy as Steve, but the studio gave him Brian Donlevy instead. Donlevy is ﬁne, busy, truculent, touching—but he is not a given, not immense, not a star. And Vidor believed that his plan to treat Steve’s inner life lightly needed an actor who could imply depths.
Of Broderick Crawford as Stark. When he ﬁrst appears, he’s a quiet, calm family man with ﬁrm convictions and little political style. Foreseeing what is coming (the whole reputation of being made in the image of Huey Long), one might hope for ambiguity—until there is a ﬁnger-licking close-up of Stark chewing a chicken leg, lost in a revery of fried chicken, and plainly capable of anything except good acting. What now seems cripplingly trite and convenient is the way Stark’s progress toward taking over an unnamed Southern state is offset by Burden’s Landing, the enclave of old money and high-mindedness where Stark seems more than ever the hollow ranter.