Archive for Forgotten By Fox

Wetland Tales

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2020 by dcairns

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There’s a new Forgotten By Fox up at MUBI — a week late, we’ll have to pick up the slack at some point — which explores what happens when the genius of the system — Darryl F. Zanuck and underlings — meets an actual, living genius, in the person of Jean Renoir.

Meanwhile, at The Chiseler, Daniel Riccuito interviews Jonathan Rosenbaum about precodes and noir, and at Unattended Articles Simon Kane is performing all of Shakespeare, solo. You’ll learn plenty from the performances but also the thinking behind them. My own lockdown projects, which include watching a lot of Warren William films, kind of pale in comparison, or even without comparison.

Ginger Rogers While Rome Burns

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on April 30, 2020 by dcairns

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I wish somebody had cast Ginger Rogers as the Empress Poppaea in a Roman epic so the marquees could scream, GINGER ROGERS WHILE ROME BURNS, but they didn’t, so we shall have to be content with ROXIE HART, only it is not available for streaming so many of you will have approximately the same chance of getting to see it, which is a shame.

But here, at Mubi’s Notebook, for Forgotten By Fox, is my appreciation of William A. Wellman’s savage satire, as blackhearted a satire as anyone ever made. With dancing!

Milton Berle’s Paradise Lost

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , on April 16, 2020 by dcairns

In a fit of madness I have written about two Milton Berle star vehicles (picture collapsing clown cars and you won’t be far wrong). I have done this for Forgotten By Fox over at Mubi and it did give me fresh appreciation for Uncle Milty’s talent, though only when I looked at his live TV work.

Not the movies.

Not the movies.

OVER MY DEAD BODY stars Mad Man Mooney; Rose Mapen; Frank Crawley; Duffy; The Chump; Wonderful; the voice of Col. Hathi the Elephant; Ed Sipple; and Toto.

WHISPERING GHOSTS stars Mad Man Mooney; Jane; Gaston Morel; Second Idea Man; Charles Haskell Jr; Ed Sipple; Og Oggilby; Dr. A. Tomic; Chota; and Bim.