With the world under house arrest during the Coronavirus pandemic, everyone is sitting home and watching Netflix. By now, everyone has probably watched Contagion and Outbreak a dozen or so times as they are two films that deal with similar themes we are grappling with today.
But there is another film that is likely not getting enough love.
1950’s Panic in the Streets.
“After Dr. Clint Reed (Richard Widmark) is called in to supervise an autopsy of a unknown man, he discovers that the John Doe died of pneumonic plague. Revealing his discovery to the mayor and city officials, Reed is informed that he has 48 hours before the public will be told about a potential outbreak. Joined by Captain Tom Warren (Paul Douglas) and his wife, Nancy (Barbara Bel Geddes), Reed must race against time to find out where the unknown man came from.”
I personally enjoyed this film. You can’t get any better than Widmark and Douglas and the excellent direction of Elia Kazan! It also stars Jack Palance.
Here is the trailer:
Imagine if the Coronavirus struck the world back then? Yikes!
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This may be a week late, but I appeared on LN Radio to discuss the economic fallout of COVID-19. It should be noted that the last time I appeared on the program I did warn about the coronavirus potentially affecting the U.S. economy in a big way, which was why I was hesitant in trying to cite a GDP growth rate.
Plus, my positions in Alpha Pro Tech, SQQQ, and VXX did prove that I sensed something big was coming. So, give myself a pat on the back!
Anyway, here is my segment from the show:
In all the madness on Black Monday – coronavirus, the market meltdown, and a global oil price war – we lost one of the greatest actors in the history of cinema: Max Von Sydow.
The Swedish thespian had an extensive and eclectic body of work that highlighted talent and grace unmatched by most actors today. He was truly one of the greatest European actors of all time.
What is somewhat disappointing is that a lot of the coverage notes of his appearance in Star Wars or the lead in The Exorcist, while dismissing his huge resume from back in the day. But that is a minor gripe because at least his death captured international headlines and was even the top trend on Twitter.
So, here are my five favorite Max Von Sydow films:
- The Seventh Seal
- Through A Glass Darkly
- Hannah and Her Sisters
- The Exorcist
I would also add Winter Light to the list, but his part only lasts a few minutes. Of course, those few minutes were truly remarkable.
Also, here is a personal favorite of mine: Max Von Sydow in the Woody Allen classic: