Like many horror aficionados, I enjoy reading horror fiction as well as watching horror movies. And as summer makes way for autumn I’ve been indulging in a bit of both. Much like my fellow Morlock Richard Harland Smith, I eagerly await this time of year. It gives me an excuse to spend my free time focused … Continue reading It’s Lovecraft Season!
Paul Almond’s ISABEL (1968) begins with a train journey across a snow-covered landscape. We watch as the film’s star, Geneviève Bujold, sits awkwardly in her seat and squirms uncomfortably in front of the camera’s unrelenting eye. She is biding her time by shuffling through a small stack of books and papers in an effort to fend off … Continue reading Geneviève Bujold is ISABEL (1968)
In the 1960s anthology (also known as omnibus or portmanteau) films became extremely popular and were attractive to producers who wanted to appeal to a broad range of viewers. The segmented format also encouraged audiences to make multiple trips to the concession stand, which pleased theater owners. Sex comedies were particularly trendy but the … Continue reading DUELING DELONS: SPIRITS OF THE DEAD (1968)
Highlights from my April & May contributions to TCM’s Movie Morlocks. You can read all the articles by following the links below: - Happy Birthday Doris! Excerpt: "The legacy of this vivacious movie star, popular vocalist, television personality and animal rights advocate is truly unparalleled. And knowing Doris Day’s is still here with us doing … Continue reading April & May at The Movie Morlocks
The Young Americans (1967) From my latest piece at the Movie Morlocks ... "In 1968 five documentary films were nominated for an Oscar but you’d never know that from looking at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences website. The site claims to feature a complete list of all the Oscar nominees and winners, … Continue reading Young Americans (1967)
Peter Sellers and Claudine Longet in The Party (1968) I recently wrote a piece about The Party (1968) for the newest issue of Screening the Past that you can read online. Issue #30 of Screening the Past is a tribute to the late director Blake Edwards and The Party is my favorite Edwards' film. I … Continue reading Blake Edwards and THE PARTY (1968)
In the summer of 1968 film critic and renowned gossip Rex Reed published his best selling book Do You Sleep in the Nude? The title came from an unusual question that Reed had supposedly directed at actress Ava Gardner during a notorious interview he conducted for Esquire Magazine. That same year Trudy Owett of New … Continue reading Do You Sleep In The Nude?
The October 1968 issue of ABC Film Review features a great piece by Philip Bradford about the making of Jack Cardiff's Girl On A Motorcycle. In the article the movie's two stars (Marianne Faithfull and Alain Delon) briefly discuss what it was like to work with one another on the film. I thought it would … Continue reading “She is a happening all to herself.”
Composer Les Reed One of the best things about Jack Cardiff's 1968 film The Girl on a Motorcycle is the terrific score created by the award winning British composer and songwriter Les Reed. Les Reed was one of the most prolific members of the mid-60s London music scene and he's probably familiar to most people … Continue reading Girl On a Motorcycle: The Soundtrack
If you live in New York or will be visiting the area on November 25th, you won't want to miss the U.S. Premiere of the French pop musical spectacular, Les Idoles (1968). New York's Film Society at Lincoln Center will be showing the film November 25th and following the film you can attend a fabulous … Continue reading The U.S. Premiere of Les Idoles (1968)
Akihiro Miwa and Yukio Mishima on stage together in the '60s "Ever since I first met him here, I've dreamt about Akechi. A vain man who acts like a critic. When his face appears in my dreams it disturbs me. I've never before had such an experience. He looks as if he knew and understood … Continue reading The Decadent World of the Black Lizard
At the Britannica blog Raymond Benson has finished listing off his Top 10 Favorite Films of 1968 so if you're interested in the final results stop by and give them a look. I've mentioned on numerous occasions how much I dislike making lists of favorite films myself since they're limited by what I've seen and … Continue reading My Top 20 Favorite Films of 1968
Fay Dunaway & Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) A lot has been written about Norman Jewison's 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair. If the reviews available at IMDb.com are any indication critics and audiences are split over it. I love this stylish '60s crime film. It's one of my favorite movies from … Continue reading Fashion & Passion in The Thomas Crown Affair
The following four videos make up a fascinating 40 min. film by D.A. Pennebaker called Two American Audiences: La Chinoise - A Film in the Making. It chronicles a meeting that took place in 1968 between director Jean-Luc Godard and NYU film students who discuss Godard's film La Chinoise, filmmaking and politics. Two American Audiences: … Continue reading Filmmaking & Politics in 1968
Yôkai hyaku monogatari aka 100 Monsters (1968) Last week I promised that I'd devote the next few weeks to some of my own favorite films from 1968. Unfortunately various obligations continue to get in the way of my writing but today I thought I'd share some thoughts about two of my favorite Japanese monster movies … Continue reading The Yokai Monsters of 1968