What Got This Director Here?: Bonnie and Clyde.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Bonnie and Clyde.
What Did I Watch: The Miracle Worker.
Where Does He Fit: The same year’s To Kill a Mockingbird, which I find increasingly off putting every time I’m thinking about it but not watching it, was up against a much worthier acting showcase in The Miracle Worker, which is photographed in a much better way to boot thanks to Arthur Penn collaborating with Ernesto Caparros, surprisingly only a two time cinematographer despite doing a great job here. Gregory Peck’s slightly starched performance is good, but Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, who both won Oscars, are just so alive in this and perform a genuinely exciting duet, with both sides embracing the prickliness in a great way. The most important Oscar race might just be Best Actress ’62, and Bancroft’s win may have caused some oddness in later years but is hard to fault on a performance level.
Most Valuable Asset: Skill with actors and speedy edits.
Most Excited For: Night Moves.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Sure.
Coming Up Next: Robert Wise, who was all over the map.