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George Cockstone

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2014 by dcairns

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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.

It’s a Dog

Posted in FILM with tags , , on January 25, 2013 by dcairns

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Seminal image from Michael Winner’s WON TON TON, THE DOG WHO SAVED HOLLYWOOD. In fact, the only funny moment in the film. Appropriately enough, it’s funny in a kind of grim, nasty way. The same could be said for my review.

The excellent film blog Mostly Film asked for a contribution by way of tribute to the fallen filmmaker, and for my sins I gave them one. OK, so it’s not the obituary Winner would have chosen, but it’s the one that my fingertips told the keyboard to write. May God forgive me.

Link.

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