27 August 2007

Real location #7 - The Leather Boys

Although the facia of the Ace Cafe has changed since 'The Leather Boys' was made in the early 1960's the location remains the same. Importantly the A406, or as it is mostly known; the North Circular road, has moved slightly.
In the film we see Reggie (Colin Campbell) race Pete (Dudley Sutton), possibly to Staples Corner and back to the Ace Cafe, they stop underneath a railway bridge with advertising Ferodo products. This remains more or less identical today with the exception that the line, which leads to Euston has been electrified.
Interesting, for me is that at one point the North Circular was what the M25 road is today, an outer-London ring road.
IMDB entry for The Leather Boys, link.
The Ace Cafe, official site, link.
Ace Cafe on a map, link.
A link to some other pictures I took at the Ace Cafe, link.
Wikipedia entry for the North Circular, link.

11 August 2007

Jim Jarmusch en España

FICA - Festival Internacional de creación audiovisual, Villanueva de la Serena (Badajoz). A season of Jim Jarmusch films shown during July.

Coming attraction: A Throw Of Dice

Showing in Trafalgar Square, London on Thursday 30th August at 9pm.

IMDB entry for A Throw Of Dice, link.

Version Original Revista de Cine # 141

Version Original - Revista de Cine. Issue # 138 featuring articles on literary translations including articles:

Orgullo y Prejuicio by Toni Montesinos

érase una vez by Ramón Mondero

Capote, la moralidad del artista by Israel Paredes

El libro como vinculo las horas by Rocío Tizón

En el boca del miedo by Rodrigo Arizaga

La última tentación de Cristo by Angel Román

B.S.O. The Emperor's Club by Victor León

Apu y los libros by José María Santiago

El libro iluminado by Israel de Francisco

Todos caem en el cuento by Enrique Pérez

El rompecabezas literario by David Aparicio

El nombre de la rosa by Ma José García Berzosa

09 August 2007

Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa Blog-a-thon, November 15th, link.

08 August 2007

Coming attraction: Meet Ken Loach

'It's a Free World' + Ken Loach in conversation at BFI Southbank (previously National Film Theatre), Thursday 13th September at 18.20. Sadly it doesn't look like I can go.

Real location - supplementary entry

Not one I have visited, yet but 'The Culture Show' devoted a special to film locations including 'The Wicker Man', 'Trainspotting', 'Kes' and several others.
Interview with Tony Garnett about the making of Kes and the locations in Barnsley, Yorkshire, link.

05 August 2007

Michelangelo Antonioni

BBC obituary, link, a bit more substance than how it was reported on BBC News 24, link.
Downloads of Zabriksie Point soundtrack and track from Blow-Up at Aquarium Drunkard, link.
Andrew Pulver at The Guardian, picks Antonioni's best scenes, link. In fact The Guardian covered his and Bergman's passing rather well, with lots of online content, link.
Green Cine Daily rounds up some links, link.
Wim Wenders poem to Antonioni, link.

Film Stars - the index

A summary of the film stars cards series. I can't seem to find the actual cards so will post a summary of the ones I've posted thus far. If I find more I will post them.

9. June Clyde, link.
8. Mary Carlyle, link.
7. Grace Bradley, link.
6. Joan Blondell, link.
5. Wendy Barrie, link.
4. Rosemary Ashlen, link.
3. Pearl Argyle, link.
2. Rose Asther, link.
1. Adrienne Ames, link.

Back from my trip...

Actually I've been back for a couple of weeks but haven't really had much chance to post stuff here but I'll try and get back into it. The trip was great except when I ran into some people from the criminal underworld, a sort of cross between Bresson and Carol Reed's 'Oliver!' only not very cinematic, unfortunately.