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Treasured Images Part 25 (#241 - 250)

 

 

I'll continue with some of cinema's most treasured images. For those familiar with the scenes represented they're bound to invoke a strong emotional response. The narratives' indelible moments are the primary reason these captures were selected. 

 250. Moonrise (1948)

250. Moonrise (1948)

 249. Spellbound (1945)

249. Spellbound (1945)

 248. Gunga Din (1939)

248. Gunga Din (1939)

 247. Persona (1966)

247. Persona (1966)

 246. The Wages of Fear (1953)

246. The Wages of Fear (1953)

 245. Monkey Business (1931)

245. Monkey Business (1931)

 244. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

244. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

 243. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

243. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

 242. The Narrow Margin (1952)

242. The Narrow Margin (1952)

 241. Chinatown (1974) 

241. Chinatown (1974) 

 

More will come. Any suggestions are welcome in the comments section.

A.G.

(Links to Parts 1 - 25 are here.)

"Now Listen to Me..."

 

Just some thoughts on current happenings:

 

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In El Paso, Texas, The Plaza Classic Film Festival (billed as the world's largest classic film festival) will take place from August 2 - 12, 2018. Dozens of diverse films will be presented at different locations. Highlights include Lady and the Tramp, a 35mm screening of The Brave BullsThe Getaway (with special guest Ali MacGraw), a 35mm screening of Vertigo (preceded by a talk), a Director's Cut of Bullfighter and the Lady, Roman Holiday, a 35mm screening of The Cameraman (accompanied by organist Walt Strony), a 35mm screening of 42nd Street, Bullitt, a 35mm screening of Gaslight, a 35mm screening of The Border, Nebraska (with special guest Bruce Dern and preceded by a talk), the U.S. premiere of The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (with special guests Sam Elliott and Robert Krzykowski), a 35mm screening of Coming Home (with special guest Bruce Dern), and many, many more.

For more details, click here: https://plazaclassic.com/    

 

 

 

 

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A number of important screenings will occur at the American Cinematheque Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, California this month. Highlights include Airplane! on Friday, August 3 at 7:30pm (a discussion will follow with directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, and star Robert Hays), Wanda on Saturday, August 4 at 7:30pm (a new restoration and introduction by Kate and Laura Mulleavy, founders of Rodarte), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on Sunday, August 5 at 7:30pm (a discussion will follow with actor George Segal, moderated by Foster Hirsch), a 3-D double feature of Man in the Dark and Inferno on Saturday, August 11 at 7:30pm, and The Stunt Man on Thursday, August 16 at 7:30pm (a discussion will follow with actor Steve Railsback and director Richard Rush). 

For the complete American Cinematheque schedule and program desriptions including screenings at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California click here: http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/calendar  

 

 

 

 

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In Vancouver, British Columbia, The Cinematheque is presenting a Film Noir Series from August 3 - 23, 2018 starting Friday, August 3 with:

6:00 pm - Reception & Entertainment
7:00 pm - Out of the Past with Introduction
9:00 pm - Criss Cross

The other features to be included in the series are: In a Lonely Place, Dead Reckoning, The Postman Always Rings Twice, My Name is Julia Ross, Pushover, Strangers on a Train, Crossfire and Macao

For more details, click here: http://thecinematheque.ca/film-noir-2018

 

 

 

 

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Speaking of films noir, Eddie Muller will host Noir City in Chicago, Illinois this month from August 17 - 23. Highlights include the opening night presentation of neo-noir One False Move (with special guest Carl Franklin in attendance for a post-film Q&A), Conflict, The Unsuspected, Blind Spot, a new digital restoration of I Walk Alone, a recent 35mm restoration of The Man Who Cheated Himself, and I Was a Shoplifter. All of the aforementioned films, excepting I Walk Alone, will be 35mm presentations. 

For more details, click here: https://www.musicboxtheatre.com/events/noir-city-chicago-2018

 

 

 

 

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In Hollywood, California, Cinecon 54 will take place from August 30 - September 3 2018. Cinecon screens rare films from the silent and early sound era. Highlights include Helen's Babies (1924, with Edward Everett Horton and Baby Peggy), Outside the Law 1920, with Lon Chaney), Brats and Hog Wild (both 1930 Laurel and Hardy shorts, restored by UCLA), a 35mm screening of The Ape (1940, with Boris Karloff), Seven Sinners (1925), Infernal Machine (1933), Naughty Baby (1928, directed by Mervyn LeRoy and considered lost until last year), The Shakedown (1929, restored by Universal), Legion of Terror (1936), and many more.

For more details, click here: http://www.cinecon.org/cinecon_films.html

 

 

 

 

 

There are 13 recommended films to watch on Turner Classic Movies in the U.S. this month: 

 

For an uproarious and thoroughly engaging movie-watching experience, it's hard to beat Bringing Up Baby previously recommended here. The antics will begin on TCM Sunday, August 5 at 5pm PST. 

 

 

 

 

My next recommendation is a boxing film that makes Rocky look like a glamour puss.

The filmmakers here, zero in on one big event as it happens in “real time” (like the western High Noon) and our central character who truly believes its finally his turn to “win big.” Nevertheless, “the fix is in”, so that win or lose, our down and out hero is doomed either way. This ups the ante on The Set-Up’s knockout noir punch, while raising the temperature on the viewer’s embroilment in the events as they unfold.

 Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter

Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter

Robert Ryan (a college boxer in real life) plays washed-up fighter Stoker Thompson with his customarily assertive and genuine devotion. His current bout is taking place in Paradise City, which as presented to us by maverick cinematographer Milton R. Krasner, could not be more mislabelled: as dark, desolate and depressing as any noir city anywhere. As he and his fellow boxers prepare to do battle in their dingy little dressing room, each keeps the dream alive of procuring better results than what the past’s grim reality would suggest, not only for themselves but in support of one another. This shared humanity contrasts greatly with the bloodthirsty ringside spectators who call out for their own special type of gruesome physical punishment to be meted out on their opponents. Adding to this dour, defeatist environment is Stoker’s wife (Audrey Totter), repeatedly begging her husband to quit fighting and end the painful beating they’ve both suffered through for so long. Lastly, there’s Stoker’s manager Tiny (George Tobias), who unbeknownst to Stoker, is so convinced that his fighter will lose once again, bets against him, assuring local mob boss Little Boy (Alan Baxter) of Stoker’s younger rival’s victory. Stoker’s match is viscerally explosive thanks to former pro boxer John Indrisano‘s choreography and editor Roland Gross’ masterful skills.

 

The Set-Up, along with another boxing film, Champion was released in 1949, but is the less melodramatic and more efficient of the two. This is highly-charged cinematic storytelling: a taught, sombre and keenly felt tragedy from a director provenly proficient in all genres of filmmaking, Robert Wise. The Set-Up will occur Monday, August 6 at 3:30pm PST.  

 

 

 

 

Featured today in TCM's "Summer Under the Stars" is actress Audrey Totter, known for her exceptional work in films noir. Following The Set-Up, is a completely opposite kind of characterisation from that previous feature's devoted wife, for Totter to savour: Tension. This is a prior TCM recommendation here and can be felt Monday, August 6 at 5pm PST.  

 Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter

Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter

 

 

 

 

Completing a Totter trifecta is director Michael Curtiz's unsuspectedly stylish film noir The Unsuspected, previously reviewed here. One can confirm the suspected, Monday, August 6 at 11pm PST.

 Michael North, Audrey Totter

Michael North, Audrey Totter

 

 

 

 

Director Don Siegel's follow-up to Dirty Harry was a little crime caper that comparatively few took notice of perhaps because its title didn't suggest anything too exciting on the cinematic menu. The fact that it starred the often comedic Walter Matthau may have also contributed to the public's confusion over just what kind of film Charley Varrick was. U.S. TCM subscribers unfamiliar with this motion picture have the chance to find out Thursday, August 9 at 11:15pm PST. It is also a previously reviewed Blu-ray recommendation here.

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Andy Robinson

 

 

 

 

For those who enjoy the best in creative romantic comedy, be sure to catch Pillow Talk (reviewed here) Sunday, August 12 at 3pm PST. 

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Doris Day, Rock Hudson

TCM's current monthly schedule can be confirmed by clicking on any of the above images. For those who live in parts of the U.S. other than the western region, the time zone can be adjusted in the upper right-hand corner of TCM's programme.

(To be continued... )       A.G. 

 

 

Hidden Gems #8

 

 

Hidden Gem #80: Rogue Cop (1954, U.S.A.)

Director: Roy Rowland

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From the same writers who brought us 1953's The Big Heat (Sidney Boehm adapting William P. McGivern's source material) comes this far lesser known but just as potent film noir that replaces Glenn Ford's vengeful but clean cop Dave Bannion with Robert Taylor's conflicted but dirty cop Christopher Kelvaney.   

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #79: Hunger a.k.a. Sult (1966, Denmark/Norway/Sweden)

Director: Henning Carlsen

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The director, highly impressed with Nobel Prize winner Knut Hamsun's novel 'Sult', has provided this penetrating and emotionally consuming adaptation that delivers an equally unwavering performance from lead actor Per Oscarsson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #78: Between Time and Timbuktu (1972, U.S.A.)

Director: Fred Barzyk

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This TV movie is a wildly creative sampling of writer Kurt Vonnegut's various literary works and deserves far more exposer and recognition than it has so far received.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #77: Série noire (1979, France)

Director: Alain Corneau

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An eccentric door-to-door salesman (a stunning performance from Patrick Dewaere) becomes progressively unhinged after encountering a teenager turned prostitute (pimped out by her money grubbing aunt) in Georges Perec and Alain Corneau’s bizarre but energised adaptation of noir writer Jim Thompson's novel.

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #76: He Was Her Man (1934, U.S.A.)

Director: Lloyd Bacon

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A little gem that once again pairs stars James Cagney and Joan Blondell, may have less of the snappy banter between them we've come to expect, but their romantic feelings for one another run deeper, and really hit home after witnessing the shocking finale, a conclusion only made possible during the film's pre-code time period. 

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #75: Adam at Six A.M. (1970, U.S.A.)

Director: Robert Scheerer

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Adam at Six A.M. is a finely etched and subtle "coming of age" film with Michael Douglas in the starring role that was overshadowed by the same year's similarly themed and more dramatic Five Easy Pieces; still, this hidden gem deserves more attention especially for the remarkable character portrayal provided by Joe Don Baker.

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #74: If I Had a Million (1932, U.S.A.)

Directors: James Cruze ("Death Cell")
                 H. Bruce Humberstone ("The Forger")
                 Ernst Lubitsch ("The Clerk")
                 Norman Z. McLeod ("China Shop", "Road Hogs")
                 Lothar Mendes (unknown contribution)
                 Stephen Roberts ("Violet", "Grandma")
                 William A. Seiter ("The Three Marines")
                 Norman Taurog ("Prologue", "Epilogue") 

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Eight different episodes concerning the surprised recipients of one million dollars comprise this delightful and enchanting pre-code gem with a stellar cast of rising stars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #73: Apartment Zero (1988, U.K.)

Director: Martin Donovan

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This unique and compelling relationship/mystery-thriller has the admirable distinction of investing, rather than ignoring as many similarly themed films do, a well substantiated emotional centre in its main characters which not only heightens our engagement when the conflicts get out of hand, but provides impetus for pondering the events long after they occur.    

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #72: The Lost One a.k.a. Der Verlorene (1951, Germany)

Director: Peter Lorre

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The celebrated actor returned to his native Germany to make his one directorial effort: a shockingly bold, deeply analytical and expressionistic character study about a research scientist living under the Nazi regime compelled to commit murder and its devastating aftereffects on his tortured soul.  

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #71: The Sea a.k.a. Il Mare (1963, Italy)

Director: Giuseppe Patroni Griffi

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The director here, better known for his work in opera, emulates Antonioni in the way he captures, develops and exposes the nature of his three principal subjects' emotional dependencies in this little known Italian masterwork. 

 

 

 

A.G.

Capturing a Golden Moment #21: The Swimmer

 

The Swimmer (1968)

 

Director: Frank Perry, Sydney Pollack (uncredited)

 

Scene: "Empty Pool"

 

I've chosen the following scene for several reasons. This film, although a cult favourite, still remains unknown to many and celebrates its 50 year theatrical release anniversary this month. The central character effectively communicates a sincere paternal concern for the young boy whose pool he wishes to swim on his journey home. These moments also perfectly summarise how Ned Merrill, played with deep conviction by Burt Lancaster, typically deals with adverse situations by reimagining them differently. I've recently written about The Swimmer here.   

 

 

 

The Swimmer is available on Blu-ray and DVD here:

The Swimmer (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Starring Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule, Joan Rivers

Time Out

 George Bruns (1914 - 1983)

George Bruns (1914 - 1983)

Not having given much attention to early Disney songs, suddenly changed when I heard TV's American Idol contestant Catie Turner sing with heartfelt conviction and impeccable precision a song adapted from Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty ballet by George Bruns and used in the 1959 animated film by the same name (his first of many for Walt Disney Studios) entitled "Once Upon a Dream." Bruns' score for this film received an Academy Award nomination. Turner brings out all of this song's emotional sincerity in a most impassioned and personal fashion: one of the most stunning vocal performances I've heard by anyone... ever.  

21st Century Treasure Quest #18

Our contributor Renard N. Bansale has completed 10 more contemporary film reviews for your consideration. The rating system he'll use is devised primarily to give those who are trying to decide which films to see, a fun and easy way of (hopefully) choosing a more pleasurable movie-going experience. For a further introduction to this series please see 21st Century Treasure Quest #1. (A.G.)

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21st Century Treasure Quest #17

Our contributor Renard N. Bansale has completed 10 more contemporary film reviews for your consideration. The rating system he'll use is devised primarily to give those who are trying to decide which films to see, a fun and easy way of (hopefully) choosing a more pleasurable movie-going experience. For a further introduction to this series please see 21st Century Treasure Quest #1. (A.G.)

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