Archive for The Star Witness

The Sunday Intertitle: Bologna

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on June 29, 2014 by dcairns


Here I am in Bologna, fulfilling an ambition.

Tomorrow I find out just how badly located my hotel is and figure out if I have to move and depend upon the kindness of strangers.

The Cinema Ritrovato specialises in rediscoveries, meaning I can gather enough material for a year’s worth of blogging. The above intertitle is from William Wellman’s BEGGARS OF LIFE, screening here but recently viewed at Bo’ness Hippodrome Festival of Silent Film with a fine accompaniment by the Dodge Brothers, so I might give that one a miss (though it would be fascinating to experience it with undoubtedly very different music by the renowned Donald Sosin…) Still, there’s a whole season of Wellmans, including rare silents and pre-code classics. THE STAR WITNESS today!

Things I Read off the screen in The Star Witness

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on February 16, 2012 by dcairns

If you zoom over to The Daily Notebook, you can read this week’s edition of The Forgotten, in which I puzzle over the odd, mismatched, yet appealing elements of William Wellman’s pre-code thriller THE STAR WITNESS.

In addition to my comments over there, I reproduce for your pleasure some written matter contained in that film — the headlines and signs evoke their own mysterious story, and allow further opportunity to enjoy the film’s dynamic yet boxy compositions.

Danger, milkmen!

In other  news — a mention for Shadowplay in today’s edition of The Spectator.