CineSavant Column

Tuesday August 30, 2022



This month Dick Dinman’s DVD Classics Corner On the Air celebrates the Warner Archives’ glorious Blu-ray remaster of the Technicolor¬†The Adventures of Don Juan. Errol Flynn and Viveca Lindfors star, and the music of Max Steiner almost steals the show.

Flynn was unavailable for comment, but Dick’s stellar lineup of interviewees includes Stewart Granger, Ann Rutherford, Rory Flynn and Joan Leslie, all of whom offer their take on the the screen legend.



From Kansas, CineSavant associate and friend Bill Shaffer wrote to mark the passing of one of the last directors to work with the legendary Buster Keaton.

Director and Animator Gerald Potterton made the 1965 short film The Railrodder, the last really great Buster Keaton short. Potterton also did work on the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine and directed the first Heavy Metal animated feature, plus a whole series of National Film Board of Canada shorts.


Bill has worked with silent film festivals and Buster Keaton festivals in particular; we got together in person when he came out to Los Angeles for a Keaton-related get-together in 2019. (I took him to see the site of Keaton’s old Hollywood studio.) The first photo of Mr. Potterton and Bill, from one of the Keaton festivals, was taken by Steve Friedman.

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson