John Sayles Profile
A native of Schenectady, NY, Sayles counts among his outstanding credits Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980); Baby, It's You (1982); Lone Star (1996); and, most recently, 2007's Honeydripper. As this month's Guest Programmer, Sayles honors another "indie" pioneer, Samuel Fuller, by choosing that writer-director's Park Row (1952). He explains to host Robert Osborne that the film brings the "excitement and energy of a pulp movie into a study of pulp journalism."
Sayles picks John Huston's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) as his "favorite American film," a movie that is "hitting on all cylinders" with its great direction, acting and unusual (for its time period) location shooting in Mexico.
Sayles final two choices are Italian films: Vittorio De Sica's Two Women (1960), with a central performance by Sophia Loren that is "so magnetic and powerful that it can drive a whole movie"; and Roberto Rossellini's Paisan (1946), "an incredible social document" showing Italy as "a country trying to heal itself" when the experience of World War II "was still very, very raw."