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The Glasses Character

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

I’ve contributed a video essay, with editor Stephen C. Horne, to the new Criterion release of THE KID BROTHER. Harold seeks that elusive edge! Josephine the monkey travesties the human form! Constantine Romanoff exudes depravity!

You can buy it here (US) and here (UK). It’s a charmer!

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Big Bergman Book

Posted in FILM, literature with tags , , , , on February 23, 2019 by dcairns

Criterion mailed us a cop of Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema, which is TWO books, really. One is all Bergman’s movies, the other is essays on those movies. Fiona and I did one on ALL THESE WOMEN and THE DEVIL’S EYE, representing the Swedish maestro’s less-celebrated “flop comedy” phase. And we found much of interest and much to honestly enjoy in these off-the-beaten-path curios. Truly!

Fiona got in on the deal by suggesting a title, We Prefer the Early, Gloomy Ones, which I thought was terrific. Then she told me I could only use it if I credited her, which seemed awkward so I suggested she co-write the thing, which she did. Then Criterion came up with their own excellent title, Then As Farce, which is an easier reference to get and avoids the whole controversial Woody Allen thing.

Anyhow, the upshot is we have a lot of Ingmar Bergman to watch now.

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema – Set [Blu-ray]

The Sunday Intertitle: Monkeyboots

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on December 16, 2018 by dcairns

Criterion have just announced their new releases, among which is Harold Lloyd’s THE KID BROTHER. Stephen C. Horne and I have contributed a video essay to this one, the first Anatomy Of A Gag piece to grace an actual Blu-Ray, I believe.

While going through the Lloyd family photo collection — an amazing trove of behind-the-scenes pics — I was kinda startled to be faced with a full-frontally naked man, stripped off to film a river scene. I immediately saw the possibilities for a truly exceptional edition of Film Directors With Their Shirts Off, but on reflection, is a nude Ted Wilde something we really need to see?

THE KID BROTHER might make a good Christmas present for the cinephile in your life, dare I suggest?

I’m currently in the edit on a Criterion project for the New Year… more later.