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McHugh Two

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on July 13, 2021 by dcairns

Over at The Chiseler, an old piece on character actor Frank McHugh (lovingly illustrated by Tony Millionaire) has been promoted to the front page, so to celebrate I wrote another, inspired by a recent re-viewing of the Reinhardt-Dieterle MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

I’m always excited by quixotic attempts to reinvent the science of acting, which everyone in that film is involved in, but even more exciting is that McHugh invents a method of his own, distinct from the rest…


Primary Killer

Posted in Fashion, FILM, literature, Painting with tags , , on June 22, 2021 by dcairns

I wrote bits of a new piece at The Chiseler. Here. It’s kind of about gialli.

I guarantee you won’t be able to tell which bits are mine and I probably couldn’t either. Daniel Riccuito, the presiding intelligence, tends to ask me to write bridging material and I just blurt something out with the keyboard. A very enjoyable way of working. Anyway, it may become part of a longer thing about Edgar Allan Poe and the cinema. A book? Publishers are welcome to come and ask about it.

Panchromatic Pandemic

Posted in FILM with tags on May 11, 2021 by dcairns

I have a new piece at The Chiseler. Writing it kind of gave me palpitations, although I’d had too much coffee also. Never muse on the Coronavirus and the future of cinema on five cups.