The Fox and the Lion

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on August 14, 2019 by dcairns

Dorothy McGuire does her impersonation of a mournful lion in THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN. Beautiful/absurd conjunction via Jean Negulesco.

I’m told David Thomson has called Fox’s 50s output “the antithesis of cinema”. This movie, despite Cinemascope, attractive locations, big stars and a director who could be positively experimental at times, might seem to bear him out. It’s lovely but dull. The above is the only exciting image I could glean from it.

But I’m about to start on a project which should conclusively blow his argument out of the water. A video essay for THIS —

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Lipstick on Your Horton

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on August 13, 2019 by dcairns

Edward Everett Horton in THE GANG’S ALL HERE, Diane Ladd in WILD AT HEART.

Maybe the crossover of imagery has something to do with both men being masters of provoking conflicted response. The charming or funny stuff in Berkeley is always, at base, a bit disturbing, while Lynch specialises in pushing things into places where we don’t know how to react.

Not Alone

Posted in FILM on August 12, 2019 by dcairns