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Howard Hawks Blogathon- Day 1

May 15, 2013

And so the Howard  Hawks Blogathon starts out here. Day 1 of the Blogathon is dedicated to some of Howard Hawks best movies.

Take of leopards, and you have Howard Hawks classic Screwball Comedy, Bringing up Baby.  And from an author who calls himself the LeOpard, aka Michael Alatorre,  we have a run down on Howard Hawks classics down the years. Michael who in his own words was “born in the 50s, grew up in the 60s, but i survived the 70s “, into tech, runs his own movie blog It Rains You Get Wet.   And here he takes us through the 13 best movies of  Hawks.

“Name someone who defined the gangster on film — and way, way before Coppola or Scorsese. Who would also go on to shape the screwball comedy, too. Might as well throw in the dark of film noir into the mix. Plus, take on that other Hollywood staple, the Western, challenging John Ford’s domain. And use John Wayne perhaps even more effectively. The answer would be oneHoward Winchester Hawks (by the way, John Carpenter’s favorite director).He not only covered all these genres, he made them exceedingly well. Likely, the most versatile director, before or since. I can watch his films anytime.”.

Another best of  Howard Hawks comes from Furious Cinema, run by my friend Sebastian, and a long time  movie pal. I had the pleasure of working with him during his marathon Scenes of the Crime Blogathon. In his own words, the purpose of this site is to promote movies that were furious movie making at the best.   And here they give us their own furious tribute to the master.

I think what made Hawks’ work appealing to me was the fact he could take any genre and entertain you through his mastery of it. Whether it was comedy, adventure, western or a crime picture, he was one of those multi-talented journeyman filmmakers of Hollywood’s Golden Age. To celebrate his extensive and varied career I’ve decided to list a few of my longtime favorite Hawks films. Admittedly I still haven’t seen all his movies but I’m always trying to catch up on the ones I’ve missed and look forward to discovering even more gems.

  1. A great start…and I’m not saying because I’m in the first post ;-). Howard Hawks is such a great subject and surely worthy of a film blogathon, and all the attention that comes with it. Thank you so much, Ratnakar :-).

  2. Loving the blogathon so far. One little detail you got wrong, my name is Pete, not Sebastian. haha Cheers! 🙂

  3. Heading in to delve into these two fabulous posts, great starts to this event honoring one of the masters. Perhaps, as these snippets mention, the most versatile of directors.

    Kudos on this blogathon idea and the expected overall participation!


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