Archive for March 29, 2009

Equine Symmetry

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on March 29, 2009 by dcairns


From A BORING AFTERNOON, a short by Ivan Passer, made for the Czech new wave compendium film PEARLS FROM THE DEEP, but omitted from the final cut. Such a beautiful image I had to share it.

Passer has had a wobbly career since the ’60s and INTIMATE LIGHTING. His mate Milos Forman would get him meetings with studio honchos, and Passer would turn up drunk and insult them. Still, I’m thinking I should check out some of his later work and see what’s what.

Intertitle of the Week: A Show Called Fred

Posted in FILM with tags , , on March 29, 2009 by dcairns


I think that says everything.

Oh, it’s from RICH AND STRANGE, the film where Hitchcock rediscovered the joys of intertitling (which had been his first job in movies, after all). “It should have done better,” was his melancholy reaction to the film’s box office failure. On Wednesday I’ll attempt to ascertain if he was right.


Between starting this post and finishing it, I’ve broken with a long line of critical tradition and watched the film. Hitch was right, and this is one of his masterpieces. Maybe the only one that’s not in any sense a thriller? At any rate, those of you who own copies should dig them out and delight NOW.