The Late Show 2

It continues — here’s where I’ll post links to blog posts in The Late Show: The Late Films Blogathon. This post will stay at the top, if I can figure out how to do that, with my own entries appearing — slowly — down beneath it.

Late Losey — M KLEIN, today.

Diarmid Mogg, author of my favourite movie speciality blog, The Unsung Joe, weighs in on one of Hollywood’s forgotten men, John Ince (brother of the more famous Thomas and Ralph), here. It’s an eye-opener!

For Shadowplay, David Melville continues his alphabetical survey of Mexican melodrama with LA GENERALA, the last film of Maria Felix.

Ben Alpers on MOONRISE, my favourite late Borzage — maybe my favourite Borzage.

Gareth comes up trumps with another Melville piece — UN FLIC stars Delon and is cool as ice.

Late Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle? Are you sure? Wanna make something of it?

HUGO receives tender loving care from Farran Smith Nehme, the Self-Styled Siren, who suggested the idea of this blogathon over dinner in Brooklyn. And HUGO is not only the latest film from a senior film artist, but a film about the Autumn years of a great filmmaker. Go here, at once.

At the ever-excellent Gareth’s Movie Diary, LE CERCLE ROUGE is the topic of the day — late Melville, late Bourvil, and a terrific piece.

I try to tackle one of the trickiest entries in Richard Lester’s career, his last fiction feature, whose modest virtues are forever overshadowed by an on-set tragedy — THE RETURN OF THE MUSKETEERS.

Over at the excellent Robert Donat site, Gill Fraser Lee assesses THE INN OF THE SIXTH HAPPINESS, mid-period Mark Robson, but Donat’s last film, made when he was extremely ill. This is a thoughtful and deeply moving piece and I’m proud I nudged Gill towards writing it (but also a little guilty). Boy! This kind of piece makes this whole blogathon thing worthwhile.

It suddenly occurred to me, after watching and loving HUGO, to wonder about Georges Melies last film — the story of his career’s end was well known to me, but I hadn’t looked at anything from the very end of his career. So I did.

My own first entry approaches LOVE AMONG THE RUINS, a late-ish George Cukor I really enjoyed, with fine late-ish performances by Katherine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier. Here.

Guest Shadowplayer Judy Dean looks at The Great Mastroianni’s last bow, in Manoel de Oliveira’s VOYAGE TO THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD (below).

David Ehrenstein proves that great minds think alike with THE BOY WHO TURNED YELLOW (above and here).

The ball got rolling with two late Ken Russells from the late Ken Russell, over at Brandon’s Movie Memory here and here.

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24 Responses to “The Late Show 2”

  1. I’m afraid my little Ken Russell memorial marathon has superseded my planned Late Films contribution.

    But if you’ll take old work, I’ll contribute articles I wrote in the last couple years on Ken’s final-ish two films.

    Trapped Ashes:
    http://deeperintomovies.net/journal/archives/3370

    and The Fall of the Louse of Usher:
    http://deeperintomovies.net/journal/archives/5044

  2. That’s a lot of yellow!

  3. Ow, I think my retinas have been burned.

  4. Traumatised response to The Inn of the Sixth Happiness is coming … *sob*

  5. Looking forward to it!

  6. Thank you! Looking forward to this one…

  7. Thanks for your kind words:) Can we do ‘resolutely cheerful films’ next time please …?

  8. Is someone going to do The Dead? I’m not volunteering but would love to read a blog about it if anyone fancies it.

  9. I haven’t heard of anybody doing that one… it’s a great film to watch at this time of year, though.

  10. Absolutely it is, glass of port in hand.

  11. My piece is up now at:

    http://garethsmovies.blogspot.com/2011/12/le-cercle-rouge.html

    Enjoying the pieces so far.

    Hoping to post another one before things wrap up on the 7th!

  12. Great piece, thanks! And Mr Melville did have great judgement in the matter of the naming of cats.

  13. La Faustin Says:

    Which is, of course, a difficult matter: http://www.heatercats.com/poems/naming.html

    This is being a lovely Late Show, thank you everyone.

  14. Oops, in all my rush to print late last night I forgot to mention in my post that it was part of the blogathon. Fixed!

    I hope this’ll be an annual festival: I’m already thinking of ideas for next year…

  15. Ben Alpers Says:

    If you’ll allow a little blogathon repurposing, here’s my post from the For the Love of Film (Noir) blogathon on Frank Borzage’s late masterpiece MOONRISE:

    http://us-intellectual-history.blogspot.com/2011/02/bonus-weekend-noir-blogging-frank.html

  16. A second entry – more Melville, not late but last:

    http://garethsmovies.blogspot.com/2011/12/un-flic.html

    I updated my first entry, too, with more pictures; couldn’t get them to load last night.

  17. Thanks, all! I definitely intend to carry this on as an annual tradition — and next year I’ll get a head start publicising it. All a bit last minute here — I’m still writing stuff and it’s officially finished tomorrow!

  18. I’m loving all your entries, people, and am laughing even as I’m feeling sorry for poor John Ince … what a family!

  19. This is what I call a blogathon — small, maybe, but intense!

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