Archive for Masters of Cinema

The Sunday Intertitle: The Life-Awakening Word

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on August 18, 2019 by dcairns

The answer: Eureka! Masters of Cinema can.

These Gothic script English-language intertitles will soon be replaced by the original German jobs when we get to see the 4K restoration from the film’s rediscovered negative. This will also give us better camera placement — it’s basically a different film from the the English-language edition that’s been available all these years. Two cameras recorded the action, one for the German release and one for foreign territories, with the German one naturally taking priority for the prime viewing position.

I’m curious as to whether we’ll now get to see any of the missing camera movement or special effects which co-director Carl Boese recalled in his interview with Lotte Eisner. I suspect a lot of that is just faulty memory, but maybe not?

The phase “Thessalonian sorceror” would make a pretty good shibboleth.

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The Fox and the Lion

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on August 14, 2019 by dcairns

Dorothy McGuire does her impersonation of a mournful lion in THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN. Beautiful/absurd conjunction via Jean Negulesco.

I’m told David Thomson has called Fox’s 50s output “the antithesis of cinema”. This movie, despite Cinemascope, attractive locations, big stars and a director who could be positively experimental at times, might seem to bear him out. It’s lovely but dull. The above is the only exciting image I could glean from it.

But I’m about to start on a project which should conclusively blow his argument out of the water. A video essay for THIS —

The Woman in the Window in the window

Posted in FILM with tags , , on June 6, 2019 by dcairns

New from Masters of Cinema: THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, with video essay put together by Timo Langer and myself. Plus a booklet of essays and a commentary track by Imogen Sara Smith.