Howard Hawks Blogathon- The End
After an exhilarating two weeks, that began on May 15, the Howard Hawks blogathon finally comes to an end with Edward Copeland, paying a fine tribute to the master , with a review of his classic Rio Bravo here. Edward Copeland has been the most prolific contributor to this blogathon, with some excellent pieces on His Girl Friday, and Red River.
Here he rounds up the blogathon with a wonderful piece again on Rio Bravo. In his own words.
I’m not reporting earth-shattering news when I inform readers that Howard Hawks belongs to that select group of directors who excelled in every genre he attempted. One thing that sets Rio Bravo apart from Hawks’ other works is that, while it resides in the Western genre, it snatches from many others — romantic comedies, war tales, detective stories, social dramas, even musicals. As film critic Richard Schickel says on a commentary track for Rio Bravo, Hawks liked saying that he loved to steal from himself. He’d do it again by practically remaking Rio Bravo as El Dorado eight years later, once again starring Wayne but with Robert Mitchum in the Dean Martin role.
I would like to end this blogathon, thanking all those who contributed in no particular order, in making this a success.
Once again thanks a tonne to all for making this blogathon a success.