Testament

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A busy few days, which explains light blogging here —

Introduced TINTIN AND THE MYSTERY OF THE GOLDEN FLEECE, which has a remarkable turn by Georges Wilson as Captain Haddock, wearing a beard that seems to be spreading over his entire face. Everybody always remembers Jean-Pierre Talbot’s quiff as being weirdly plastinated, but in fact it’s quite natural — subsequent actors in the role haven’t looked as credible.

Introduced LONE WOLF AND CUB: SWORD OF VENGEANCE, in a stunning 35mm print, whose strange soundtrack necessitated the reconstruction of Filmhouse’s projector between shows. Soldering was going on. And it worked! The perfect Father’s Day treat.

Introduced GOLGO 13, accompanied by my co-curator, the mastermind behind POW!!!, Niall Fulton.

Have finished a chapter on Howard Hawks (about five minutes ago) for a forthcoming book.

Am writing an essay for Criterion.

Am editing a video essay for Masters of Cinema.

And we laid Roddy to rest yesterday in a moving ceremony organized with love and imagination by his little sister, my wonderful wife, Fiona.

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