RARA-AVIS: Re: Warner and low costs

From: Jacques Debierue ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 16 Nov 2006

I am not sure that those films were that cheap. I remember that years ago Cagney was asked about "cheapness" in an interview. He said that they didn't squander money but that he, Robinson, Bogart and the rest of the boys did pretty well for themselves. Of course, they didn't make the kind of money that is (mostly) wasted nowadays on stars. I can't imagine that a movie like White Heat was made on the cheap. It doesn't look cheap. Neither does D.O.A. look or feel cheap. The cinematography was almost uniformly excellent: it is a character in this whole genre.



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