Archive for Poil de Carotte

The Sunday Intertitle: L’Herbier Rides Again

Posted in FILM, MUSIC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2020 by dcairns


Magnificent intertitles from L’HOMME DY LARGE, the closing film at this year’s Hippfest.


I have my tickets to all of Sunday’s screenings, now I just have to calculate which of the Thursday, Friday and Saturday films I can afford. I’m extremely tempted by FILIBUS THE AIR PIRATE with music by my chum Jane Gardner, but there’s also THE WOMAN MEN YEARN FOR and CITY GIRL… And I’ve never seen THE LOVES OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, showing on Thursday with Fay Compton in the lead (before she owned Hill House), and on the same day, Asta Nielsen as HAMLET.

Since my writing work for the fest has bagged me tickets to POIL DE CAROTTE and THE MARK OF ZORRO, it makes sense to concentrate on Friday and Saturday, since actually getting to Bo’ness and back is part of the expense.


Oh, I just can’t decide!

(Anybody with a car going through on Thurs, Fri or Sat?)

Cinema City

Posted in Comics, FILM with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2009 by dcairns

Greetings, from the city that doesn’t sleep, and sometimes forgets to wash.


So far seen two Duviviers, of which the most amazing was ALLO BERLIN, ICI PARIS which I’ll write about once I’ve secured a DVD and some frame-grabs. More Duviviers soon, as well as hopefully a meeting with regular Shadowplayer Guy Budziak, master of the film noir woodcut. This a.m., a meeting was transacted with Cordelia Stephens of Belladonna Productions, a former Edinburgher, and yesterday I hung out with comic book artist and art school buddy Simon Fraser, who has kindly invited me to see STAR TREK, which may upset Fiona who wants to see it back in Scotland. I’ll still go see it with you if you like!


Thanks to Christoph Michel for the image.

The latest edition of my column, The Forgotten, based around the other Duvivier I saw, is now online at the Auteur’s Notebook. Check it out and leave comments there!

Happy Birthday, JD

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , on October 8, 2008 by dcairns

The mighty Charles Drazin, kindly overlooking my mild criticism of his marvellous book In Search of the Third Man (DO buy it), dropped me a line to point out that Julien Duvivier is 112 today, or would be if he was alive. I should really have got my act together and written something on LA FIN DU JOUR to coincide with this anniversary, but I didn’t. This will have to do until I get things sorted.

Jean-Pierre Leaud with Julien Duvivier during the making of BOULEVARD (which seems to be impossible to see, damnit). Although Truffaut and his crowd disparaged many of Duvivier’s generation, that didn’t stop FT’s young star collaborating with JD for his second leading role. In fact, arguably Duvivier’s beautiful POIL DE CAROTTE prefigures the concerns of Truffaut and Leaud’s LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS.

Photo via If Charlie Parker was a Gunslinger, There’d be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats.

I actually still want to give away more copies of LA FIN DU JOUR, for some crazy reason, so if anybody can think of a way of publicising THE GREAT DUVIVIER GIVEAWAY some more, make a suggestion, or just get out and promote it.