The Intimate Gaze

A tribute to Paul Newman—the neglected filmmaker
by Miguel Marias   posted Oct 10, 2008

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I´ve admired Mr Marías´s insightful comments for a long time now, and I also consider the actor´s career as a director a really interesting one. One that also reflects his integrity and intelligence as a human being. Having said that, Newman´s directorial efforts create that "small body of work" which is not enough to render him essential, though I consider it clearly superior to the flat and excessively benign directing work of Robert Redford, for example (and you will understand that we´re bound to compare both careers). And definitely worthier than attractive but overrated incursions in the filmmaking field like Charles Laughton´s, who, with only one film in his directing agenda, I´ve seen boasted by many as the maker of an undying gem, owning the right to occupy a VIP seat; possibly the one Newman deserves.
doylian   posted 29.03.09

Nice piece; there is an article to be written about Newman's quirky Westerns as well. Actually HARRY & SON is the adaptation of a novel as well, THE LOST KING by Cleveland novelist Raymond DeCapite. Despite this I believe it was a very personal film for Newman, being a father/son drama made in the aftermath of Newman's son's death. It is not a very faithful adaptation of the original novel (to the film's detriment).
Dan Buskirk   posted 21.10.08

I wish someone could explain to me why these 6 extraordinay films are not available on DVD. "Rachel Rachel" is one the best films of the 1960's. I believe this film in in Warner Home Video's hands.
Patryk   posted 20.10.08


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Miguel Marias is an economist who has written on film since 1966. The director of the Spanish Film Archive from 1986 to 1988, he is the author of books on Manuel Mur Oti and Leo McCarey.

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