The Two-fisted Films of Sam Fuller


Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does many things. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (early 2021).

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  1. Avatar gregiank says:

    What about Steel Helmet? That definitely belongs on a list of worthwhile Fuller flix. Pick Up is a good movie, Widmark is just great. The scene of him picking the pocket on the train is tense. But oddly i’ve never particularly like The Big Red One. It just doesn’t work for me.Report

    • Avatar Rufus F. in reply to gregiank says:

      @gregiank, Good suggestion. I’ve heard it’s great, and that it’s where got the idea to film through flames for a rippling effect in Raging Bull. I still haven’t seen it though. I never seem to get my hands on a copy, but it has been highly recommended.Report

  2. The comparison with Tarantino is especially interesting. In an interview available on the Criterion edition of Pickup on South Street, Fuller says, “I don’t like to go heavy on violence. Violence to me should be emotional…” Do you think Tarantino could say the same, with or without pomo irony?Report

    • @Matthew Schmitz, This might not make sense, but I feel like Fuller is an old newspaperman whose goal is to tell us a great story, while Tarantino doesn’t want us to forget that we’re watching a movie. I think Fuller is more restrained with the violence because he is going for a wider range of emotional effects. Tarantino is more about the sizzle than the steak.Report

  3. Avatar A.R.Yngve says:

    Perhaps the studio tried to stop WHITE DOG because people might complain about the movie showing cruelty to *dogs*.

    But seriously, WHITE DOG is a good movie. I dare you to watch it and not shed a tear at the end. (Now, one could argue endlessly about its message, but it remains immensely watchable.)Report

    • Avatar Rufus in reply to A.R.Yngve says:

      @A.R.Yngve, Yeah, I teared up at the end. I don’t want to give away the ending, but if you take the movie as a parable about racism, it packs a double wallop because I think he’s really saying that’s the only way to end racism, which is depressing as hell.Report

  4. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Fuller is, to me, a better version of Quentin Tarantino

    Could be, but he’s no Jerry Lewis.Report