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Listen up, here’s the plan…

Posted in FILM with tags , , on May 30, 2015 by dcairns


Over the years, at Shadowplay, I have occasionally devoted a full week to a filmmaker I wanted to get to grips with — off the top of my head, I can think of Frank Borzage, Joseph Losey, Otto Preminger, Anthony Mann and Rene Clement. Plus I did a week on American period movies of the seventies and supernatural blaxploitation movies.

From my point of view, those weeks certainly expanded my knowledge and motivated me, in a pleasurable way, to see a bunch of stuff I’d failed to catch up with. But maybe a sense of satiety set in, which meant I haven’t watched many Borzage, Preminger or Losey films since, and I still have quite a few to see. There aren’t that many Mann or Clement films left, but I’d like to catch up with the odd one or two, and revisit things like PLEIN SOLEIL in the light of my greater appreciation of the filmmaker.

So, I think I’m going to revisit each filmmaker, one a week, and devote a post to some interesting work previously missed. I just ran THE CRIMINAL (above), which I always knew I’d love, and somehow never previously got around to. It has all Losey’s best qualities and few of his worst and it’s scripted by Alun Owen of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT fame. So expect that one this week…

Now I just need something to call this series. THROWBACK THURSDAYS seems too obvious, and it would have to make way for The Forgotten every fortnight. Suggestions?

That’s what I’m talking about…

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2008 by dcairns

Ein Klein Nachtmusik

The Joseph Losey Collection— out in September on Region 2 DVD in the UK.

Contains THE CRIMINAL, which looks sensational, crucial stuff like THE SERVANT, THE GO-BETWEEN and ACCIDENT, also EVA, SLEEPING TIGER and, surprisingly and delightfully, M. KLEIN.

Trailer for THE CRIMINAL. I dig how the voice-over man is incredibly ANNOYING. Not his voice, his whole ATTITUDE. If you met this voice-over man at a party you’d be compelled to glass him in about fifteen seconds, he’s that offensive.

Losey’s second film with Stanley Baker, THE CRIMINAL looks to me like a gutsy piece of work. His first film with Baker, BLIND DATE, like his first film with Dirk Bogarde, is more of a rough sketch for what’s to come. But still fascinating. Perhaps perversely, of all the Losey’s I’ve still got to see, THE CRIMINAL is the one I’m most excited about.

Alas, I won’t have this beauty in my hands until long after J.L. Week is over, but maybe we’ll have a second week in September — if Fiona can bear it.