The Oeuvre

The stack of discs I’ve worked on now comes up to my lower lip.

All my DVD and Blu-ray extras, listed:

Indicator Noir #3 — THE DARK PAST (Rudolphe Maté) — text essay

KOSMOS (Andrzej Zulawski) — Kino Lorber — short video essay

For the Criterion Collection, first the text essays:

STAGECOACH (John Ford)

DAY FOR NIGHT (Francois Truffaut)

THE 39 STEPS (Alfred Hitchcock)

Pierre Etaix box set (essays on all the films)

Jacques Tati box set (essays on all the films)

THE EXECUTIONER (Luis García Berlanga)

And now the Criterion video essays:

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (Richard Lester) incorporating interview with Lester

CARNIVAL OF SOULS (Herk Harvey) featuring Fiona, Stephen R. Bissette and Anne Billson

THE AWFUL TRUTH (Leo McCarey)

SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (Preston Sturges) featuring Bill Forsyth

THE LADY EVE (Preston Sturges)

GOOD MORNING (Yasushiro Ozu)

ONE-EYED JACKS (Marlon Brando)

THE KID BROTHER (Ted Wilde)

and LOCAL HERO (Bill Forsyth) interview with Forsyth

For Arrow Films, text pieces first

RIFIFI (Jules Dassin)

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (Philip Kaufman) featuring interview with Kaufman

WARNING FROM SPACE (Kôji Shima)

SO DARK THE NIGHT (Joseph H. Lewis)

LOST IN PARIS (Dominique Abel & Fiona Gordon)

The noir box set featuring DARK MIRROR (Robert Siodmak), THE BIG COMBO (Joseph H. Lewis), SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR (Fritz Lang) and FORCE OF EVIL (Abraham Polonsky) features a text essay on the Siodmak, and visual essays on the Lang and Lewis.

on to video essays now:

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (Roger Corman)

THE COMEDY OF TERRORS (Jacques Tourneur)

THE BELLS OF ST MARY’S (Leo McCarey)

BORN YESTERDAY (George Cukor)

THE APARTMENT (Billy Wilder)

The Marx Bros at Paramount, two video essays, one on the films, one on the brothers

BOB AND CAROL AND TED AND ALICE (Paul Mazusky)

BICYCLE THIEVES (Vittorio De Sica)

THE SHELTERING SKY (Bernardo Bertolucci) with Fiona

MAJOR DUNDEE (Sam Peckinpah)

Weird Wisconsin: The Bill Rebane Collection feature-length documentary WHO IS BILL REBANE?

Jules Dassin: Tales from the Urban Jungle features a unique commentary track on THE NAKED CITY and a video essay on BRUTE FORCE, with Fiona

For Eureka! Masters of Cinema, starting with the text pieces

Dr Mabuse DVD box set (Fritz Lang), short piece about Lang’s toy monkey, Peter

A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

MADAME DUBARRY (Ernst Lubitsch)

Lubitsch in Berlin, two pieces

IF…. (Lindsay Anderson) featuring interview with Brian Pettifer

WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER? (Frank Tashlin)

FEDORA (Billy Wilder)

THE LOST WEEKEND (Billy Wilder)

THE GANG’S ALL HERE (Busby Berkeley)

SECONDS (John Frankenheimer)

I did two video intros, under protest:

HAROLD AND MAUDE (Hal Ashby)

TOO LATE BLUES (John Cassavetes)

Video essays for MoC follow:

MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA/Dziga Vertov box set

THE OLD DARK HOUSE (James Whale)

DIARY OF A LOST GIRL (GW Pabst) narrated by Fiona

Fuller at Fox: video essay on all Sam Fuller’s Fox films (save CHINA GATE, alas), featuring Samantha Fuller

MICHAEL (CT Dreyer)

DRAGON INN (King Hu)

A TOUCH OF ZEN (King Hu)

THE FATE OF LEE KHAN (King Hu) with Anne Billson

RAINING IN THE MOUNTAIN (King Hu)

LEGEND OF THE MOUNTAIN (King Hu)

Buster Keaton Complete Shorts

Buster Keaton 2

Buster Keaton 3

A NEW LEAF (Elaine May)

CLOAK AND DAGGER (Fritz Lang)

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (Fritz Lang)

DER MUDE TOD (Fritz Lang)

HOUSE/HAUSU (Nobuhiko Obayashi)

Early Murnau box set

THE SON OF THE SHEIK (George Fitzmaurice)

KWAIDAN (Masaki Kobayashi) with Fiona

THE GOLEM (Paul Wegener & Carl Boese) with Fiona

THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (Paul Leni) with Fiona

THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD (Martin Ritt)

THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (Robert Weine)

THE HANDS OF ORLAC (Robert Weine) with Fiona

Coming soon: JOHNNY GUITAR (Nicholas Ray) and THE LOVE OF JEANNE NEY (GW Pabst), the latter another collaboration with Fiona.

So, apparently Masters of Cinema have been our most prolific employer and I’ve done more on Fritz Lang than on anyone else.

8 Responses to “The Oeuvre”

  1. David Ehrenstein Says:

    Great Stuff. As you know Bill Krohn and I did Murnau’s “Faust” and Nick Ray’s “The Savage Innocents” for MoC. I did a special feature for ts edition of “The Prisoner of Shark Island” Would love to do more.

    I ued to work fr Criterion a lot too. I wrote the essay for “If. . .” The last film I did liner nots for them was “La Cage Aux Folles”

  2. Tony Williams Says:

    Remind s me of that photo of Upton Sinclair at 90 with all the books he wrote reaching the top of his head. David E’s a.c. with Bill for THE SAVAGE INNOCENTS is excellent.

  3. Complete with song! (I’d hate to think that was the reason the disc is now OOP — I suspect it’s more to do with the film’s no-doubt tangled chain of title.

    I have a Criterion project in the works, but it’s taking a long time to move forward. Apart from that, I am currently footloose — but stand by for announcements…

  4. David Ehrenstein Says:

    Here’s my favorite version of that song (in which Bob Dylan pays tribute to Nick Ray.)

  5. Bravo, David C! Please know that I am hatching (yet another!) plan to make us rich. Ask me for details… BEG!

    I’ll never tell.

  6. David Ehrenstein Says:

    A rare clip from my favorite Ashby

    “Films Maudit” don’t get any more “Maudit” than this.

  7. I finally saw Second-Hand Hearts in Bologna and struggled to engage with its tone… need to try again.

  8. David Ehrenstein Says:

    You surely do as there’s nothing quite like it. Barbara Harris at her most eccentric gave it her all. Unfortunately her co-star was Little Booby Gubatosi who she was convinced was trying to kill her. Every day the crew had to call Tony Holland to speak with her and get her out of the trailer and onto the set. The shoot was so tumultuous that after it ended Hal Ashby went on to shoot “Being There” from start to finish before returning to “Second-Hand Hearts” (whose real title is “The Hamster of Happiness”) to edit it.

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