The Old Sex Thing

Posted in FILM on May 21, 2018 by dcairns

            

     

                

     

“Was it the sex thing, Archie? Was it the old sex thing?”

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The Sunday Intertitle: Indoor Boles

Posted in FILM with tags , on May 20, 2018 by dcairns

Hey, John Boles, why is your face so big? At about eight foot, John Boles’ face could be used as a queen-sized bed, though I admit the nose would cause some problems. I guess an unmarried couple could sleep either side of it, the nasal extrusion serving as a kind of organic bundling board.

The film is ROMANCE OF THE UNDERWORLD and John Boles’ eight-foot face is patronising Mary Astor, his new stenographer, in the bit of the film that isn’t a romance of the underworld at all. Even as early as 1928, movies had the sense to give the boring business to Boles.

The Fox Knows Many Things

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on May 19, 2018 by dcairns

To commemorate MoMA in New York’s season of films from the William Fox archive, I compiled for MUBI’s The Notebook a bunch of earlier writings on some of the movies screening — turns out I’ve examined quite a bunch of them over the years. Here.

More on these movies soon, in a follow-up post, and when some of them screen in Bologna…

Pictured: Frank Borzage’s SEVENTH HEAVEN.