Park Row

June 29, 2011

Along with The Big Red One (1980), Park Row (1952) may be Sam Fuller’s most autobiographical film. It was a labor of love for the scrappy director who made it as a tribute to the journalists he knew as a newsboy in the 1920’s. By the time he was 17,... 

The Naked Kiss: Criterion Collection

January 14, 2011

As Robert Polito wisely observes in the DVD liner notes for the Criterion Collection edition of The Naked Kiss (1964), Samuel Fuller’s film fuses the melodrama of Douglas Sirk with the pulpy prose of Russ Meyer. The result is what Polito calls a “noirish... 

Shock Corridor: Criterion Collection

January 13, 2011

Samuel Fuller was one of the quintessential genre directors working in Hollywood during the 1950s as he brought his trademark two-fisted gusto to genres like the film noir (Pickup on South Street), the war film (The Steel Helmet), and the western (Forty... 

White Dog: Criterion Collection

January 6, 2009

White Dog (1982) was Samuel Fuller’s last Hollywood film and arguably his most controversial. No easy feat from the man who tackled racism with Shock Corridor (1963), patriotism with Pickup on South Street (1953), and made deeply profound anti-war films... 

Forty Guns

November 10, 2005

Hell and High Water (1954) was one of 20th Century Fox’s earliest experiments with CinemaScope, widescreen movies that were Hollywood’s attempt to lure people away from their TV sets and back into the theatres by giving them something they couldn’t... 

Pickup on South Street

December 4, 2002

In the booklet that accompanies this DVD, Martin Scorsese writes, “if you don’t like the films of Sam Fuller, then you just don’t like cinema. Or at least you don’t understand it.” It’s a bold statement—one that sums up the attitude...