Cinema: Howling Dog

SEPTEMBER 30, 1955

Directed and Written by James Bridges

The date has, shall we say, limited resonance; it is the day on which James Dean, the sometime teen-age movie idol and potential rival to Brando, died in an auto accident. This movie, which is about how the news of his untimely demise affected a college student and his friends, has even less resonance—except, perhaps, as the most ridiculously bad movie in recent memory.

Writer-Director Bridges apparently wants to evoke nostalgia for provincial days gone by as well as make a comment—as if one were...

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