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Harold and Josephine

Posted in FILM with tags , , on March 21, 2019 by dcairns

MONKEYSHOES, my Harold Lloyd video essay, is now online at Criterion. i think you’ll agree editor (and Shadowcast contributor) Stephen C. Horne did a particularly fine job matching action to word in this one, so that my more abstract musings chime pleasingly with the gags and movements of THE KID BROTHER and Lloyd’s other works.

Here it is.

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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!

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]