Cliff Froehlich

Cliff Froehlich is executive director at Cinema St. Louis and an adjunct faculty member at Webster University.

Posts by Cliff Froehlich

An Old Couple’s Search for Dignity

No one—in either real or reel life—wants to confront the difficulties of aging, the imminence of dying. The point is best proved by Leo McCarey’s glorious Make Way for Tomorrow (1937), the most unbearably moving and resolutely unsparing work Hollywood has ever made about the elderly.

Days of Wrath

The Joads and their fellow Oakies may be today’s Orange County conservatives, but the labor struggles and political tensions made real in the pages of Steinbeck’s most famous book resonate 75 years later, and counting.