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The Monday Bank Holiday Intertitle: George O’Brien Thinks About a Brick

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on May 7, 2018 by dcairns

I’m going to write something about MoMA’s upcoming season of films presented by William Fox — based on the few of them in circulation. I won’t get to New York but hopefully will see at least some of them in Bologna.

So with a bit of luck you’ll get more on EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE (1927), written and directed by Allan Dwan.

Here, George O’Brien, whose job is importing bricks to the city by barge, thinks about a brick and its possible destination, accompanied by a 2001-style conceptual-compositional transition.


That’s nifty filmmaking, Mr. Dwan!

N.Y.C. (New York Colossus)

Posted in FILM with tags , on April 25, 2009 by dcairns


“America! I am coming to conquer you!” ~ Charles Chaplin.

Yes! Thanks to the concerted efforts of sympathetic persons, I am off to New York to see a bit of the Duvivier retrospective at MOMA. I’ll be leaving on the 2nd of May. Blogging will continue from Metropolis. I’ll be writing about the Duviviers here and at the Auteurs’ Notebook, and anywhere else that’ll have me.

Thanks are due to ~

Paul Duane for the flight.

Noe Mendell for the time off work.

Daniel Kasman and MOMA for the movie tickets.

Comrade K for the proverbial Couch in New York. 

Hope to meet a few old friends and some new ones while I’m there, so if you’re a reader and you want to glut your soul upon my accursed ugliness, by all means declare yourself. “It’s going to be fun!”

Vive Duvivier!

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on April 17, 2009 by dcairns


Shadowplayer Chuck Zigman, owner of the world’s most American name, informs me that New York’s Museum of the Moving Image is presenting a jumbo retrospective of Julien Duvivier films in May. This is great news for film lovers in the area, and great news for me, since I’ve been campaigning on behalf of old Julien since the early days of this blog. I’m inclined to take credit for this development and declare myself emperor of the universe or something, although the fact that I can’t actually afford to fly to the U.S. to see any of the films does kind of mitigate against such status. I guess emperorship is more of an honorary position.


Images from THE IMPOSTOR and LYDIA.

“If I were an architect and I had to build a monument to the cinema, I would place a statue of Duvivier above the entrance…This great technician, this rigorist, was a poet.” ~ Jean Renoir.