Archive for August 30, 2009

Thugs/Ugly Mugs #2

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on August 30, 2009 by dcairns

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12 hrs until Film Club tackles THE KILLING (and THE ASPHALT JUNGLE), with i hope your collaboration. Meanwhile here’s a cheap Photobucket distortion of man-myth Elisha Cook Jnr. He’s oddly hard to caricature, even starting out with his actual portrait. I thought enlarging the eyes and forehead and maybe shrinking the mouth would do it, but he kind of looks less like himself, when I was hoping for more.

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Marie Windsor already looks like a (beautiful) space alien in floozy drag, so you can sort of drag her features all over the room and it still retains an ineffable Marie Windsor-ness. My God she’s brilliant. THE NARROW MARGIN should have sent her career through the stratosphere.

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I messed about with this one A LOT, but it still looks exactly like the guy in the movie, who rejoices in the name of Kola Kwariani. Perhaps known as “Red Kola” to his friends? This man is pre-photoshopped.

Intertitle of the Week: Subway

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , on August 30, 2009 by dcairns

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An oddly anachronistic intertitle from Max Linder’s THE THREE MUST-GET-THERES, which, as its title strongly hints, is a somewhat lame Fairbanks spoof. But there are compensations — Linder himself is never less than appealing, and there are some grotesque images. In fact, the whole thing is weirdly unpleasant.
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Bull Montana as the Cardinal, every bit as disturbing as a Francis Bacon screaming pope. Wasn’t Montana an ape-man in the silent LOST WORLD or something? The name stuck in my head from an old issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland (I owned two issues as a lad).

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What’s odd here is the faithfulness to Dumas’ basic plot (or the first half of it, anyway), which sits uncomfortably with the anachronisms and anything-goes farce. I’m a big fan of AU SECOURS!, his Abel Gance-directed haunted house romp, but I’ve only seen extracts from his earlier French work. Must get better acquainted with it.