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Crosby Stille Nacht

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on October 7, 2019 by dcairns

The Unbearable Lightness of Bing — I’ve written before about Leo McCarey’s baffling descent — or ascension — into demented Catholic mania — now I’ve made a more sympathetic video essay for Arrow Video to accompany their lovely Blu-Ray of THE BELLS OF ST MARY’S in which, with the aid of editor Stephen Horne, I attempt to burrow into that weirdness and the improvisational techniques and freeform narrative approach that McCarey employed.

You can buy it, for your own pleasure or as a gift for the Bingrid fan in your life.

And remember —

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Busy, Busy, Busy

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on November 24, 2018 by dcairns

I’m quite chuffed with the expressions of interest so far in The Late Show: The Late Movies Blogathon. But no harm in reminding you all that it’s happening and encouraging more of you to get involved. Late movies from directors, actors, writers, cinematographers, studios, interpret it as you will.

I’m thinking Fiona and I should record a Shadowcast for the occasion too.

Meanwhile, I can announce another video essay, this one attached to Arrow’s Blu-Ray release of BOB AND CAROL AND TED AND ALICE. “This might be our best ever,” observed editor Timo Langer as we reviewed our work. And it’s out in time for Christmas!

With new editor Alex Starr I’ve also made an extra for BORN YESTERDAY, which was a real pleasure, though also a tricky one. That one will appear in the New Year.

Next up: to London in early December to interview a TRUE FILM LUMINARY. More soon.

Image and title of this post from THE WHALES OF AUGUST.

The Mercenary

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on November 6, 2015 by dcairns

Seconds-2

Since there’s a new edition of John Frankenheimer’s SECONDS hitting stores in the UK, to which I have contributed a text piece, I thought I’d see if I could list the DVDs and Blu-rays available in the UK to which I have contributed. The idea being that you can click through to the links on Amazon, the evil tax-avoiding conglomerate, buy a few, and I will get a tiny percentage of the sale. But only if you use these links.

From Arrow Video, I have contributed text pieces to —

Rififi [Blu-ray]
Invasion of the Body Snatchers [Blu-ray]

And video essays to these —

The Comedy of Terrors [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]
Fall of the House of Usher [Blu-ray]

For Eureka! Masters of Cinema, I’ve written pieces on these —
Seconds (1966) [Masters of Cinema] Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD)
MADAME DUBARRY [Masters of Cinema] (1919) [Blu-ray]
The Complete Fritz Lang Mabuse Box Set [DVD] [1922]
LUBITSCH IN BERLIN Six films by Ernst Lubitsch, 1918-1921 [Masters Of Cinema] (DVD)
The Lost Weekend [Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray) [1945]
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? [Masters of Cinema] (Dual Format Edition) [Blu-ray] [1957]
The Gang’s All Here (1943) [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray]
A Letter to Three Wives (1949) [Masters of Cinema] Dual Format (DVD & Blu-ray)
If…. (Masters of Cinema) [Blu-ray] [1968]

The last-named also features my interview with living legend Brian Pettifer. The best of these, for me, are ROCK HUNTER and GANG’S — if anything I ever wrote was worth the purchase price, it would be these.

I did video introductions to these —

Harold And Maude (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray) [1971]
Too Late Blues (Masters of Cinema) (Dual Format Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD] [1961]

Lately I’ve been doing video essays —

Diary of a Lost Girl [Masters of Cinema] Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD)
Dragon Inn (1967) [Masters of Cinema] Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD)
Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari (Masters of Cinema) (DUAL FORMAT Edition) [Blu-ray]

The video essay I did for Criterion’s A HARD DAY’S NIGHT was ported over for the UK release ~

A Hard Day’s Night: 50th Anniversary Restoration [Blu-ray]

I have two more in the works! Watch this space.

Meanwhile, over at Limerwrecks, I contribute a rhyme on Rondo Hatton, and one on cheapskate JUNGLE WOMAN, a movie that successfully erases the distinction between sequel and action replay.