28 June 2007

The curtain comes down...

Just like Tony Curtis I'm going to be hitting the road so will be away for a short while. It's going to be similar to last year, only hopefully this year I will be able to communicate a little better.

24 June 2007

Film Stars # 9: June Clyde

IMDB entry for June Clyde, link.
Wikipedia entry for June Clyde, link.

Coming attraction

"My favourite of Cassavetes films...very explosive...very raw" Pedro Almodovar.

IMDB entry for Opening Night, link.
Part of the John Cassavetes season at BFI Southbank, link to earlier post.
BFI Southbank, link.

Coming attraction,


IMDB entry for Exiled, link.

19 June 2007

Film Stars # 8: Mary Carlyle

Another cigarette card of Mary Carlyle, link.
IMDB entry for Mary Carlisle, link.

17 June 2007

Kenneth Anger

...which reminds me, I was supposed to post some thoughts on when Anger came to the London Film Festival last October...

Coming attraction: Charlie Chaplin - Complete Mutuals 1916-17

Here is a rare treat - 12 films made by Charlie Chaplin for Mutual between 1916 and 1917 (restored) with live music from Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, composed and conducted by Carl Davis, intended to be an experience very similar to how they were first shown. Sounds fantastic to me.
Cadogan Hall's website, link.

Coming attraction: Jan Svankmajer

Apologies, I am quite behind on various blog posts, so this isn't so much a coming attraction but something that is currently ongoing. I like the quote from Milos Forman on the front of this - "Disney plus Bunuel equals Svankmajer".

16 June 2007

Coming attraction: At the BFI Southbank in July

The big season seems to be Mikio Naruse, of which I'm ashamed to say I haven't seen any although I have been toying with buying the Eurkea/Masters of Cinema set for quite some time but still haven't got 'round to it.

BFI Southbank - 'When a Woman Ascends the Stairs', link.
IMDB entry for Mikio Naruse, link.
Articles on Naruse on 'Senses of Cinema', link and 'Bright Lights Film Journal', link.

Wendy Craig

Ah, the 1960's.... Wendy Craig, 'The Servant', 'I'll Never Forget What's'isname' and I see from a cursory glance at IMDB a Basil Dearden/Dirk Bogarde flick from '62 called 'The Mind Benders' which sounds like it belongs more in the San Francisco-Jack-Peter-Roger Corman canon, anyhow I found the above image ages ago, don't worry I'm not starting a series on Wendy Craig, just thought I'd share this for those who most remember a very different Wendy Craig.

Peter Watkins

Bumper month for fans of Peter Watkins, BFI Southbank (National Film Theatre in old money) is showing 'Privilege' during July (Sunday 29th and Tuesday 31st) along with 'Forgotten Faces'. From the programme "Ahead of the game in '67, Watkins forsees the complete assimilation and exploitation of rock 'n' roll music by 'The Man': in this case the Christian Right. A reluctant, tortured Christ like poster-boy - sharply played by Paul Jones of Manfred Mann - fronts an overblown version of Onward Christian Soldiers alongside giant crucifixes, before he cracks under pressure. Only Jean Shrimpton questions the facade."

Also, I think I saw earlier today that Eurkea/Masters of Cinema were giving their normally excellent treatment to 'Edvard Munch', however I can't seem to see any reference to it on their site.

I quite fancy seeing 'Privilege' on the big screen, it remains one of the hardest British films of the 1960's to actually see.


Peter Watkins's own website, link.

Bright Lights Film Journal article on Privilege by Tom Sutpen, link.

Pan Paperback book cover, link.

Paul Jones sings songs from 'Privilege' (HMV EMI EP front & rear), link.

Film Stars # 7: Grace Bradley

IMDB entry for Grace Bradley, link.
Another picture, link.

Coming attraction: Tell No One

Imdb entry for Tell No One, link.
Official website, link.

Coming attraction: Jindabyne


IMDB entry for Jindabyne, link.

02 June 2007

Cassavetes and Falk in the same month...

...well nearly. I found out by accident that Peter Falk was here this week to promote his book 'Just One More Thing' meanwhile over at the NFT they have a Cassavetes season this month (15th-30th June).

Sadly I also found out the book signing event at Piccadilly branch of Waterstone's was cancelled as he had to return to the US. Had I known I might have popped along, I picked up a copy of the book for a browse and it looks decent.

Review of 'Just One More Thing' on the Waterstones site, link.
Cassavetes season at NFT, link.