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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.

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.

A Gentleman’s Gentleman

Posted in FILM, literature with tags , , , , on April 7, 2020 by dcairns

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Once again I’m inviting my students to comment on a film on MUBI — this time it’s Losey and Pinter’s THE SERVANT (from a novel by Robin Maugham). I only sprang this on them yesterday so I don’t know if they will.

QUITE an interesting piece of work, with some of the most marvelously louche casting, composition, design, music, performance and movement (of actors and camera). It’s the point where Losey’s films start to become real objets d’art.

I got very nostalgic for the era, one I never inhabited, though I note that the plumbing is always leaky.

I will be sticking posts up about this movie throughout the day, but this is the main one for general comments.