Only Angels Have Wings ★★★★★

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Discussed with Lea Jacobs, one of the best film historians working today, on the latest episode of the podcast. Along with Rio Bravo, the quintessential Hawks movie for not only its rhythmic patterns, attention to a very subtle structure in its mise-en-scene, but always carrying a certain existential weight to why the hell are we doing this? that always remains unanswered, unchecked, and unwritten. But as in all the great Hawks, there is the group, a certain social democracy that remains a base ideology that could never be challenged. It's both the tragedy and the greatness of the American ethos.