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Happy Feet

Posted in Dance, FILM with tags , , , on May 24, 2018 by dcairns

The latest Anatomy of a Gag video, written by me and edited by Stephen Horne, is up at Criterion’s revamped website, here. And will be followed by more, on a roughly monthly basis!

This one deals with Chaplin’s terpsichorean side — features Extraordinary Vocal Contribution by Randall William Cook. Please have a look and comment.

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She’s Up!

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on May 4, 2018 by dcairns

My SCARLET EMPRESS piece is live at The Chiseler. Great response to this one on Twitter — thanks to @CriterionDaily for publicising it.

So, we’re more than halfway through the Sternberg-Dietrich canon (out of sequence), with THE BLUE ANGEL, SHANGHAI EXPRESS and THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN still to come. Hell will have no surprises!

Cinephiles everywhere should be ordering Criterion’s forthcoming box set of all six Paramount films (and they should already own THE BLUE ANGEL in some format or other).

Happy Actorday!

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on April 4, 2018 by dcairns

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It’s Brando’s birthday! In celebration, Criterion are boosting an extract from my ONE-EYED JACKS video essay here.

Meanwhile, Daniel Riccuito, over at The Notebook, sings the praises of a MUCH more significant thespian — Dead End Kid Frankie Darro. I have contributed a few words, and as usual, readers are invited to see if they can separate my wheat from Danny’s other wheat.