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White Heat (1949)

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Commentary 1: Film historian Dr. Drew Casper Rating:7.7/10 (9 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Therealmrspock on August 6th, 2016:Find all reviews by Therealmrspock
A good commentary, though I was left with the impression it could have been a lot better. Mr. Casper spends the first 20 minutes either on James Cagney's career or the history of the gangster film in the 30s and 40s, which is way too general and off-topic. Luckily, there are a few interesting theories he presents here (many Freudian elements were used in Hollywood back in those days; the Hays code which prohibited films from showing criminals how to properly rob a bank, etc.) or analysis of directing. Unfortunately, he rarely talks about a particular scene that plays out on the screen, and instead just goes on about Raoul Walsh being a great director, and there are at least six instances of awkward pauses. 7/10
Reviewed by Uniblab on November 15th, 2016:Find all reviews by Uniblab
An OK, decent commentary from Casper. It's more of a professorial-type lecture than a scene-specific track, but this time Casper isn't particularly substantial or insighbtful. Some good information about the movie's place on both Cagney's and gangster filmography in general, but not much more.
Reviewed by musíl65 on March 21st, 2022:Find all reviews by musíl65
Dr. Casper talks a lot about the movies of Cagney and Walsh up to this point and Warner Bros. style. Film noir is also a topic. The commentary is no very screen specific. There are not enough information about the movie itself. If he talks about the movie the commentary is good. There are a few gaps.

His commentary to Lust For Life is the same thing. Too much stuff about the things beside the movie. 7 out of 10.