Archive for Il Cinema Ritrovato

The Sunday Intertitle: Positively the Same Monkey

Posted in FILM, Theatre with tags , , , , , on July 14, 2019 by dcairns

Home from Bologna and once more among my DVD collection, I can frame-grab Frank Borzage’s sublime STREET ANGEL and prove that, though I maybe have monkeys om my mind as many allege, Janet Gaynor’s simian sidekick is indeed Josephine, also featured in THE CIRCUS and THE CAMERAMAN, an Il Cinema Ritrovato hat-trick for the little capuchin.

A great intertitle: it applie s to Janet’s character, but Josephine illustrates it to perfection. Her Harlequin costume make of her face-markings a mask, which cannot be removed because it’s part of her. Just like the invisible mask Charles Farrell detects on Janet.

Bergman Returns

Posted in FILM with tags , , on July 5, 2019 by dcairns

Delighted to learn, belatedly, that this fine box set from Criterion won “Best Box Set” at the Il Cinema Ritrovato DVD Awards. Particularly since Fiona & I contributed one of the numerous essays — a whole book’s worth! — to the set.

Return from Ritrovato

Posted in FILM with tags on July 2, 2019 by dcairns

In the Piazzetta Pier Paolo, waiting for ZIGOMAR.

In the Piazza Maggiore, waiting for THE CIRCUS.

back in Edinburgh now with Momo the podcat. Anne Billson, international cat-sitter, has departed back for Brussels, and I’ve recorded two video essay voice-overs. The edit for the first of these commences tomorrow.

Busy, busy, busy.