A work of sublime commercial self-immolation.
"So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth."
- Revelation of St. John 3:16
Michael Curtiz's Santa Fe Trail is an abyss, one of the most terrible and towering monuments to moral indifference in all of American cinema. It is one of the few major Hollywood productions before or since to explicitly deal with the radical challenge to slavery in the mid-nineteenth century, but it resolutely rejects not only the…
Before the excess of the Earth, of which all are intimately a part, we are made equal. There is a democracy of the terrestrial, and W.S. faces the catastrophic power that makes it so with great compassion and love. Pompeii is profoundly melancholic, but it defiantly refuses nihilistic despair. I was humbled by this film.