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Park Row


Gene Evans, Mary Welch, Bela Kovacs,

“Page One and The Screen are bedmates. Working in the morgue and shooting a movie trigger constant visions. A headline has the impact of a headshot, pulp and rawstock, fight lineage and footage, a news lead is the opening of a film,” Fuller explained in 1975. For the director, Park Row was “the story of my heart,” embodying all the love, hate, action, and emotion he associated with the press. Set in 1886, it is the tale of two rival newspapers, the muckraking Star and the Globe, started by idealistic journalist/crusader Phineas Mitchell (Gene Evans). The film is a history in miniature of the emergence of modern journalism, with Mitchell combining all the great newspaper editors of the period, but mostly reflecting Joseph Pulitzer. Park Row is about freedom of the press and its early perversions, about invention as the mother of creativity (in the linotype machine), about the making of news and by extension the making of movies. (Fuller dollies through three main sets like a dogged snoop.) If the film itself is a tad crusading, it’s not highfalutin: most of Mitchell’s thinking takes place in a bar.

  • Samuel Fuller
  • John L. Russell
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 83 mins
  • Park Circus

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Samuel Fuller (program note), Institut Valencià de l'Audiovisual i de Cinematografia Ricardo Muñoz Suay, Quim Casas, 2010

Critic's choice : Park Row (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 2004

Park Row (article), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 1999

Pulp fictions: the films of Samuel Fuller (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 1998

Un Americain en Normandie: le jour j de Samuel Fuller (press kit), GMT Productions, Noël Simsolo, 1994

Revivals in focus -- excerpt (review), Village Voice, Tom Allen, 1988

The cinematic fist of Sam Fuller (review), East Bay Express, Kelly Vance, 1987

The cinematic fist of Sam Fuller (review), East Bay Express, Kelly Vance, 1987

Dateline. . . Hollywood (program note), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Myron Meisel, 1975

The American cinema (program note), Blake Lucas, 1970

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