Another interesting late John Huston film then - we like a lot of his 50s/60s output, as per label - and despite some of the rubbish items he directed and acted in, he did turn out the occasional gem like FAT CITY or WISE BLOOD and of course THE DEAD in his later years, then of course there's ANNIE, that football comicstrip, and its fun seeing Huston having fun in DE SADE or MYRA BRECKINGRIDGE. But for me his best glory years were the MOULIN ROUGE, MOBY DICK, HEAVEN KNOWS MR ALLISON, THE UNFORGIVEN, THE MISFITS, NIGHT OF THE IGUANA years.
It was great seeing him in person at the BFI when FAT CITY came out in '72, this was the man who had made some of my essential films like THE MISFITS! His best acting role is surely in CHINATOWN (where his monstrous Noah Cross is the corrupt heart of the film). Huston had that literaty bent too, often tacking "difficult" novels (like McCullers' REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE) and so it is with Malcolm Lowry's UNDER THE VOLANCO, a novel I don't know but is highly regarded, about that alcoholic British Consul in Mexico and that last fateful day on the Day of the Dead festival. Huston has form with Mexico too with TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE and of course NIGHT OF THE IGUANA. The local colour is plentiful here and we get to see veteran Kathy Jurado, and also English character actor James Villiers.