Archive for The Forgotten

Browned Off

Posted in FILM, Politics, Theatre with tags , , , , , on November 20, 2014 by dcairns

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I used to think that Sidney Lumet’s THE OFFENCE was the brownest film of the seventies, where they took to pre-flashing the film to desaturate it and make it even more joyless and seventies-esque. But now I have a new winner, John Boorman’s LEO THE LAST, which has clearly tampered with its colour a bit in post-production, but also achieves a lot of its sombre palette by simply painting everything in sight shades of brown, grey, black and beige. Actually, a dark slate grey dominates. Surprisingly, perhaps, it’s extremely beautiful, but then I live in Edinburgh, a city which makes grey into a fetish.

Quite a problematic film, but a fascinating one — I write about it here.

Stranglers on a Train

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on November 6, 2014 by dcairns

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Time for The Forgotten again. Costa-Gavras hasn’t had much or a presence here, fo some reason — glad to partially amend that today, with an obscure and hard-to-see early effort that’s genuinely gripping. And the cast is to die for.

Here.

Drive, He Slurred

Posted in FILM, literature with tags , , , , on October 23, 2014 by dcairns

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Those two popular pastimes, drink and driving, feature prominently in this fortnight’s edition of The Forgotten –

Hammer director Terence Fisher is at the wheel, while author Patrick Hamilton barks instructions from the back seat.

As an added bonus, by clicking through to MUBI you can see the whole film as well as just reading about it.

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