George Cockstone

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Now that I have your attention…

The film is DR MABUSE VS SCOTLAND YARD — at one point it looks as if it’s going to be, thrillingly, DR MABUSE VS SCOTLAND, as the criminal super-genius is reported to be heading north of the border, but he’s only fooling, and most of the action takes place around a wonderfully touristic German version of London. “Princess Diana” is kidnapped. A bevvy of bobbies are brainwashed. And electronics criminal “George Cockstone” is recruited as Dr. Mabuse’s right-hand man.

Peter Van Eyck, who plays various roles in various of Artur Brauner’s MABUSE sequels — he’s a millionaire industrialist in Fritz Lang’s THE THOUSAND EYES OF DR MABUSE, which kickstarted the whole 60s cycle — plays a British policeman whose old mum does most of his case-solving.

Highly recommended twaddle.

Meanwhile — I’m off to the Rotterdam International Film Festival with NATAN (see you there?) for three days and then off to London for two days, also with NATAN — it screens at the Curzon Soho on Saturday afternoon (see you there?). Hope you enjoyed Lewis Milestone Week+. I may have the odd bit more to say about the old fellow, but not for a little while now.

(Flight isn’t until 6, so I’ll probably be online to respond to comments.)

Aaaand — I was forgetting — BIG article by me, part 1, at Mostly Film — THE MAKING OF NATAN.

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4 Responses to “George Cockstone”

  1. Great account of “Natan.” Merci for Monica in Modesty Blaise at the top of the blog.

  2. I was trying to think of a Dutch film that wasn’t Verhoeven (though I have a sneaking affection for PV) and all I could think of, in the short time available, was the Amsterdam bit of MB.

  3. David Boxwell Says:

    Great to have an account of how the saucisson was fabrique. Hope to see the finished product called NATAN here in the States.

    And what’s in those bulging boxes?!?

  4. Natan screens in both San Diego and Atlanta on the 16th.

    WE have a good idea of the kind of stuff in the secret boxes, because we have access to the book which was researched via their contents. But it would’ve been nice to have had a peek.

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