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Gus & Travis Talk Film: Michael Curtiz | March 10, 2014

Here is a new edition of our video blog series Gus and Travis Talk Film. This time we cover Michael Curtiz, discussing such films as Yankee Doodle Dandy, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Dodge City, Captain Blood, White Christmas and of course Casablanca. Also, you can now listen to the blogs as podcasts on Soundcloud. Both options are below.



  1. Really glad you guys highlighted Curtiz. I quite agree that he’s nowhere near as lauded as his body of work deserves.

    You mentioned some of his big hits there, but when it came to his most underrated films I reckon The Breaking Point was worth calling out. It’s such a stylish, brooding and tragic film that ought to be talked up more. A lesser film, though one I’m awful fond of, is The Unsuspected – tricky, clever and visually attractive.

    Finally, I was interested by the comment that he may not have had a book devoted to him due to his not falling into the auteur category. I just wrote a short piece myself on Siodmak’s The Suspect and it was pointed out to me that no one appears to have written a book on Siodmak. Now, surely there’s a guy who deserves a book, and for his noir work alone must qualify as an auteur.

    Comment by Colin — March 10, 2014 @ 9:30 pm

    • Hey Colin,

      Thanks for watching again. I personally don’t know enough of Curtiz’s hidden gems to have called them out. I’m just scratching the surface. Maybe I will have to do a follow up blog on some of the films of his I discover. Definitely will track down The Breaking Point and The Unsuspected.

      I discovered that someone did write a book on Curtiz but I have no idea what it’s like.

      I would like to learn more about Siodmak, the only film of his that immediately comes to mind without looking at a filmography is the original Killers.

      Comment by gustravis — March 11, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

      • Happy to pass on a few recommendations then. You really can’t go far wrong with Siodmak if you like noir.

        And back to Curtiz, you should definitely look out for The Breaking Point – it’s all kinds of terrific.

        Comment by Colin — March 11, 2014 @ 2:22 pm

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