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One-Stop Shopping

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on December 6, 2010 by dcairns

Just to make things easier for those of you contemplating your Christmas shopping, here are links to all the fabulous Shadowplay-related products available NOW!

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray] (Amazon UK)

Available from UK Amazon, just follow the link. I have to say, this was the disc that was most fun to write for. I didn’t have to feel afraid of treating the movie with a lack of respect, since a flip tone is the best way to respect Tashlin, master of the offhand gag. With this one, you get the excellent film, a few visual extras, a Tony Randall text interview, and three — count em! — three essay/pieces by moi. Blu-Ray only.

Lubitsch In Berlin [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1918] (Amazon UK)

Two little essays adorn the packaging here, accompanied by excellent pieces by Anna Thorngate and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky. As ever, the real attraction is the films, particularly THE OYSTER PRINCESS, which, like an idiot, I didn’t select to write about when given the chance.

The Complete Fritz Lang Mabuse Box Set [DVD] [1922] (Amazon UK)

I kind of stowed away on this one. It was supposed to collect the best writing extant on Lang’s MABUSE meisterwerks, which it does, plus me. I offered a piece on Fritz Lang’s best friend in later years, a wooden chimpanzee called Peter. And got two Beatles references into it. My motivation, as ever, was the adulation of the masses, but mainly I just wanted a copy of the box set and wasn’t sure I could afford it otherwise.

Amazon US ~

Stagecoach (The Criterion Collection)

Stagecoach (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

The most daunting assignment of them all, because Ford’s status is so high, because I secretly felt there might well be others who could do a better job, because Ford’s is the art that conceals art, and because Ford’s comedy does not, somehow, invite critics to join in the joke, so humour had to be channelled carefully. The result was a focus more on the history behind the movie, which was fascinating to get into, and seems to have been the right approach.


Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on October 30, 2009 by dcairns


Excitement by mail, in spite of strikes by postal workers who might fairly be characterized as “disgruntled,” I received a handsome package across my threshold today, the new Eureka! Masters of Cinema box set of Fritz Lang’s MABUSE trilogy. I had not ordered said item — this was a free gift in recognition of my having contributed a tiny piece of writing to the booklet accompanying THE THOUSAND EYES OF DR MABUSE, the widely-derided yet oddly excellent third film in the series.

My subject — Fritz Lang’s wooden monkey, Peter — is perhaps an unconventional one, but hey, to quote  Charles Nelson Reilly, “It’s that kind of show.”

You can look forward to more appearances by myself within the glossy folders of your future purchases, all part of my ongoing plan to live in a big house, wear expensive jewels, and eat regularly.

Contribute to my financial wellbeing by following the link below and making your puchase (of MABUSE or anything else) —

The Complete Fritz Lang Mabuse Box Set [DVD] [1922]

Big thankyous to MoC and the divine Craig Keller.