It's timely that A Fuller Life -- a documentary celebrating Samuel Fuller's career -- opens Friday at the Laemmle Noho 7 in Los Angeles, and that the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris has just mounted a massive retrospective of Francois Truffaut's work.
Samuel Fuller wrote, "Heroes? No such damned thing! You moved your ass one way. And you didn't get hit. You moved it another way, you were blown to bits." That same thought must have crossed his mind on D-Day.
This year marks the centennial of the late filmmaker Samuel Fuller, whose brutally honest and bold films won him the fierce admiration of filmmakers including Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino, and Martin Scorsese.
There are plenty of films out there that make us hopeful about life and living. Film noir is a guilty pleasure where we witness the denizens of society's bottom rungs stamping on each other's feet for a higher, safer position.