The Archers (Powell & Pressburger): S/D

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Finally getting around to watching Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff. Very good so far. Wish I had bought a copy of Magic Hour when I had the chance.

Croupier (Superstar) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 29 January 2012 16:14 (nine years ago) link

Wish i had DVRed some other things that night like Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

Croupier (Superstar) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 29 January 2012 16:47 (nine years ago) link

Don't think I've ever seen anything he directed, not even Sons and Lovers.

The documentary does not mention his relationship with Sophia Loren.

Croupier (Superstar) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 29 January 2012 17:14 (nine years ago) link

That Cardiff documentary was great, I was really happy to happen across it on TCM one evening when nothing more interesting was going on.

Rotary Boy of the Month (WmC), Sunday, 29 January 2012 18:09 (nine years ago) link

seven months pass...

how's The 49th Parallel?

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 September 2012 23:04 (nine years ago) link

awesome, as you might expect.

trivia: that was actually their most popular film in britain on original release! (If you don't count korda's thief of bagdad.)

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 10 September 2012 23:06 (nine years ago) link

I can believe it, based on what I've read.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 September 2012 23:08 (nine years ago) link

I barely remember it now, but here's what I said when CC released it.

Eric H., Monday, 10 September 2012 23:08 (nine years ago) link

eric portman is great as a nazi. and it has laurence olivier as a french-canadian fur trapper. do you need a higher recommendation?

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 10 September 2012 23:09 (nine years ago) link

three months pass...

A critical roundup marking the Criterion BluRay and the new 4K digital restoration of Black Narcissus, which I would see at Film Forum if I didn't know there'll be shitheads laughing all the way through.

http://www.fandor.com/blog/daily-powell-and-pressburgers-black-narcissus

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Friday, 4 January 2013 15:58 (eight years ago) link

laughing because of the colonial (and other) stereotypes?

one glare from kathleen byron shld silence the gigglers:

http://www.independent.co.uk/migration_catalog/article5119886.ece/ALTERNATES/w460/kathleen-byron.jpeg

Ward Fowler, Friday, 4 January 2013 16:11 (eight years ago) link

There is a hardcore group of under-35s in NYC who go to old films simply to laugh condescendingly at them. For any reason.

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Friday, 4 January 2013 16:20 (eight years ago) link

The resto of Colonel Blimp is out on disc in March I think.

Big Sambola & The Tailspinners (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 4 January 2013 17:53 (eight years ago) link

xp I think I've told this here before. I went to see All That Heaven Allows and throughout people were laughing at some of the (non-funny) dialog. Some woman shouted out, "This is not a comedy! Why don't you all go home and watch television!" Which shut everyone up for the rest of the movie. Later, there's a shocking scene at which point she adds, "Not so funny now is it?!"

fit and working again, Friday, 4 January 2013 18:29 (eight years ago) link

Haha. Bravo!

contrarian, zing thyself (cajunsunday), Friday, 4 January 2013 18:35 (eight years ago) link

hero

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Friday, 4 January 2013 18:37 (eight years ago) link

<333

steaklife (donna rouge), Friday, 4 January 2013 18:38 (eight years ago) link

that is a fantastic story, fit and working again (wld happily buy a volume of ppl's cinema-going stories, anecdotes etc)

in a nice piece of synchronicity, i'm planning to spend the weekend w/ a sirk collection before lending it to a friend - looking at the set, i realised i'd never seen Magnificent Obsession, and can always re-watch All That Heaven Allows (my favourite)

Ward Fowler, Friday, 4 January 2013 21:08 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

^Scorsese on Col Blimp restoration

Pope Rusty I (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:09 (eight years ago) link

print looked fabulous

steaklife (donna rouge), Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:23 (eight years ago) link

Thanks. Near the end it sounded like he said that "The Great Lebowski" contributed to the restoration.

Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:24 (eight years ago) link

A little of John Sweet goes a long way, and the last third dawdles, but what an atmosphere A Canterbury Tale evokes, no? It's like Thomas Hardy shot by Altman.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 31 March 2013 23:36 (eight years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Saw Gone to Earth tonight, with Thelma Schoonmaker introducing it; not exactly a masterpiece but the cinematography is incredible, and Jennifer Jones is quite good. The introduction included some very depressing stories about Jones' marriage to David Selznick, and apparently Jones and Cyril Cusack almost ran away together after they finished the film.

Schoonmaker mentioned (in her response to a question of mine) that there was some Who's Who book in which Powell claimed that his favorite hobby was "leaning on gates."

JoeStork, Saturday, 22 March 2014 06:50 (seven years ago) link

foxy! foxy!

i enjoyed this quite a bit, some of it is almost too much to take but that's OK w/ me.

i've never seen the selznick-edited version, am curious about that.

espring (amateurist), Sunday, 23 March 2014 09:33 (seven years ago) link

Contraband is def the Archers film for your discerning bondage enthusiast.

Forgot to mention, my main thought while watching Gone to Earth was "this must be Kate Bush's favorite movie."

JoeStork, Thursday, 3 April 2014 22:41 (seven years ago) link

watched the Life and Death of Colonel Blimp at the weekend... i have a question...

Theo blanks him in the POW camp. why? pride?

but then he calls him from the railway station and goes and has dinner with him. seems friendly enough.

but then seems to mock him to his compatriots on the train back to germany.

why the flip-flopping?

koogs, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 20:37 (seven years ago) link

Feels he can't let on to his countrymen that he has an English friend.

Oren Zombarchi (WilliamC), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 20:39 (seven years ago) link

um, i guess. but wouldn't the phone call and the invitation have tipped off the other germans? he also seemed a bit sniffy at the dinner party itself (that said, the other guests did seem a bit haughty themselves).

koogs, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 21:15 (seven years ago) link

i think he's violently conflicted--torn between anger at what has been to done to his country and loyalty to his friend. i do think this is one aspect of the film that seems a bit miscalculated. one reason this has never been my favorite archer film even though it is completely enthralling front to back.

espring (amateurist), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 23:22 (seven years ago) link

i should clarify: he's pissed off by the reparations exacted by the victors of WWI, and the way col. blimp and his buddies seem oblivious to that. i think we're supposed to see this partly through Theo's eyes, to recognize the casual cruelty of the English officers' jovial tone.

espring (amateurist), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 23:24 (seven years ago) link

that is of course a political statement -- a hint that britain (and france etc) might be partially responsible for the route Germany took in the 20 years after WWI. I think maybe this was one of several things that angered Churchill et al at the time of the film's held-up release.

espring (amateurist), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 23:25 (seven years ago) link

makes sense. i guess he was very nationalistic, at least until the nazis destroyed that (and his family). but, like you say, it does seem a bit odd.

canterbury tales next (working through that 11 dvd box, mingled in with japanese film backlog (6 left, must buy more), ST:TOS and Office series 8. i think there are only 3 in there that i haven't already seen but i'm enjoying revisiting them all anyway)

koogs, Thursday, 10 April 2014 09:52 (seven years ago) link

plenty of weirdo nationalism in Canterbury Tale too

twistent consistent (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 10 April 2014 09:53 (seven years ago) link

canterbury tale is nothing if not weird. i wouldn't call the species of nationalism in it particularly weird, though. it's founded on a notion of the countryside--or at least provincial life--as being the backbone of English national character. ian christie has a great article about that film in an edited volume of essays on Powell.

espring (amateurist), Thursday, 10 April 2014 19:57 (seven years ago) link

it's about 5 films in one for one thing (i think markS made this point YEARS ago)

and the way there are kids playing in a boat on a lake without adult supervision is a bit o_O to us these days (see also ealing comedies with kids playing in bombed out houses or building sites. and swallows and amazons.)

koogs, Thursday, 10 April 2014 20:27 (seven years ago) link

i love that part of it. the kids have the run of the town.

espring (amateurist), Thursday, 10 April 2014 20:33 (seven years ago) link

the ending (or the last act) of that film consistently makes me cry like a baby btw.

espring (amateurist), Thursday, 10 April 2014 20:34 (seven years ago) link

Reading Herzog on Herzog at the moment and he points out how great war-ravaged cities are for kids:

It might sound bizarre to people today, but things like our discovery of the arms cache made for a wonderful childhood. Everyone thinks that growing up in the ruins of the cities was a terrible experience, and for the parents who lost absolutely everything I have no doubt that it was. But for the children it truly was the most marvellous of times. Kids in the cities took over whole bombed-out blocks and would declare the remnants of buildings their own to play in where great adventures were acted out. You really do not have to commiserate with these kids. Everyone I know who spent their early childhood in the ruins of post-war Germany raves about that time. It was anarchy in the best sense of the word. There were no ruling fathers around and no rules to follow. We had to invent everything from scratch

Alba, Friday, 11 April 2014 10:02 (seven years ago) link

i wouldn't call the species of nationalism in it particularly weird, though

riffing on (almost literally) "blood and soil" in a WWII "propaganda movie" is, if not weird, all kinds of interesting to me

waterflow ductile laser beam (Noodle Vague), Friday, 11 April 2014 10:05 (seven years ago) link

glue and soil

Ward Fowler, Friday, 11 April 2014 11:56 (seven years ago) link

Reading Herzog on Herzog at the moment and he points out how great war-ravaged cities are for kids:

John Boorman's film "Hope and Glory" gets this across pretty well, if I recall.

espring (amateurist), Friday, 11 April 2014 18:31 (seven years ago) link

glue and soil

― Ward Fowler, Friday, April 11, 2014 6:56 AM (6 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

"glue"

espring (amateurist), Friday, 11 April 2014 18:32 (seven years ago) link

a 12ft hayrick on a cart with a boy stood on top of it.

more bombed out buildings.

more endings than lotr3.

koogs, Friday, 18 April 2014 20:03 (seven years ago) link

oh, and charles hawtrey is the railway station attendant.

koogs, Friday, 18 April 2014 20:07 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

Slowly working through the box set. Ill met, river plate and today They're a Weird Mob which was strange in a similar way to Canterbury tale in that it wasn't really one type of film but several.

Also, not many real actors, they seem like amateurs.

koogs, Saturday, 2 August 2014 17:52 (seven years ago) link

Is the blind chap who is in nearly all their films in those. Having trouble remember his name, suppose I should just scroll up, Evelyn Knight or something?

Erdős Number 9 Dream (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 2 August 2014 17:54 (seven years ago) link

Close, Esmond Knight.

Erdős Number 9 Dream (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 2 August 2014 17:55 (seven years ago) link

IMDb days no. Black NARC next though and he's in that. Will keep an eye out.

koogs, Saturday, 2 August 2014 19:41 (seven years ago) link

(Says)

koogs, Saturday, 2 August 2014 19:42 (seven years ago) link


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