Cinema Retro #21

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The new issue of Cinema Retro arrived in my mail box this week, which prompted me to write a little something about the magazine for The Movie Morlocks. From my post:

“The latest issue of Cinema Retro (Vol. 7: Issue #21) features an in-depth look at A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1970) from author Raymond Benson, which includes interviews with the film’s star, Malcolm McDowell and Stanley Kubrick’s producer & brother-in-law, Jan Harlan. McDowell is always engaging in his interviews and Harlan offers up some surprising insights and speculations on the possibility of unreleased Kubrick material finally seeing the light of day. John Exshaw provides the magazine with a lengthy look at another one of my favorite films, Ken Russell’s highly controversial THE DEVILS (1971), which begins from the perspective of British film censors and Stephanie Callas casts a distinctively female eye on Bernardo Bertolucci’s X-rated erotic classic LAST TANGO IN PARIS (1972). Other movies covered in this issue include Don Siegel’s excellent crime thriller THE KILLERS (1964) and Guy Hamilton’s notorious British beatnik drama THE PARTY’S OVER (1965). And special attention is given to John Carpenter’s autumn holiday classic, HALLOWEEN (1978).”

You can read my entire piece if you follow the link below.
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A New Decade for Cinema Retro

CINE RETRO #19 Magazine.pmdI was really happy to discover a new issue of Cinema Retro in my mailbox today. The magazine is celebrating its seventh year in print and issue #19 is the first issue of 2011. It’s not easy publishing a magazine in this day and age. Printing costs are extremely high and a lot of people are doing their reading online. It seems like major newspapers and publications are folding every month so it’s great to see that film magazines like Cinema Retro, Video Watchdog, Shock Cinema, Paracinema, Cineaste and Film Comment (just to name a few) are still going strong. For decades magazines and fanzines were my main source of information about film. Publications like these were often the only place where you could find reviews of foreign films, little-seen horror movies and career overviews of unsung actors and directors. Things have changed thanks to the internet and I’m glad that information can now be shared so freely around the world but I still love flipping through my film magazines and Cinema Retro is one of my favorites.
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Top: Angie Dickinson and Rod Taylor
Bottom: Max Von Sydow and Judy Geeson

In some ways Cinema Retro is a sort of sister (or cousin) publication to Cinebeats since we both try and focus on ’60s and ’70s era films. If you enjoy what you read here you’ll probably really enjoy the magazine as well. The current issue has some great articles including an in-depth interview with writer and producer William Peter Blatty discussing his experiences while making the horror classic, The Exorcist (1973). Other highlights include Steve Saragossis informative look at the career of actor Rod Taylor, interviews with lovely actress Angie Dickinson, character actor Shane Rimmer and film director Lewis Gilbert plus a lengthy overview of Clive Donner’s film Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1967), which I reviewed for TCM last year. The magazine also contains a nice batch of soundtrack, book and DVD reviews as well as a tribute to recently deceased actors and performers such as the lovely Ingrid Pitt.

If you’re interested in getting a copy of the new issue of Cinema Retro head over to their website where you can purchase a subscription online.
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Cinema Retro Gets Hammer Glamorous!

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If you didn’t get enough Hammer Glamour during my month long tribute to the female stars of Hammer films drop what you’re doing and pay a visit to Cinema Retro right now! The latest issue of Cinema Retro magazine contains a lengthy look at Hammer’s erotic vampire film Lust for a Vampire (Jimmy Sangster; 1971) featuring the lovely Yutte Stensgaard and it’s loaded with gorgeous production stills and rare promotional shots. Currently Cinema Retro is only offering issue #16 to their subscribers but if you’re a serious Hammer fan and love ’60s & ’70s era films as much as I do I highly recommend getting yourself a subscription to the magazine. Their next issue promises to also feature another beautiful Hammer starlet, the gorgeous Valerie Leon who appeared in Seth Holt’s Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971).
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Top: Errol Flynn and Yutte Stensgaard
Bottom: Shirley Anne Field and James Caan

Besides all of the Hammer film coverage the new issue of Cinema Retro features an interview with the late great director and cinematographer Jack Cardiff regarding the making of his ill-fated film The Story of William Tell (1953) starring Errol Flynn as well as an interesting look at the making of Richard Lester’s 1974 movie Juggernaut, an exclusive interview with director Norman Jewison and an in-depth consideration of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: Part II (1974). It also contains the second half of their ongoing interviews with American actor James Caan and British actress Shirley Anne Field. Last but not least, issue #16 features lots of reviews of new DVDs, soundtracks and books plus much, much more.

If you’re a retro film lover Cinema Retro is a must read. For more information about the magazine please visit the official Cinema Retro site.

Lee Marvin Goes Retro

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The latest issue of Cinema Retro arrived in my mailbox yesterday and it boasts a colorful picture of Lee Marvin during the making of Prime Cut (1972) that literally jumps right off the cover. As a long time Lee Marvin devotee I was thrilled to discover that the magazine had unearthed a lengthy interview with Marvin that had never been published before. The interview was conducted by writer Steve Mori during the making of The Klansman in 1974. Marvin offers up lots of insightful antidotes about his film career and it’s a pleasure to read. He was an incredibly smart man who lived a fascinating life and he obviously loved his job. Acting came naturally to Lee Marvin and he brought an honesty and edginess to his roles that is also on display during the interviews he did.

In Steve Mori ‘s interview with Marvin the actor shares some great stories about working with other actors such as Toshiro Mifune on the set of the excellent WW2 drama Hell in the Pacific (1968). He also doesn’t shy away from discussing the disagreements he had with studios or other actors such as Paul Newman during the making of Pocket Money (1972). If you’re even the slightest bit interested in Lee Marvin the new issue of Cinema Retro is a must read!

Besides the interview with Lee Marvin, other highlights from the new issue of Cinema Retro include Steve Saragossi’s detailed look at the terrific Lee Marvin film Prime Cut, a nice overview of the Christopher Lee’s Fu Manchu films, an interview with British actress Shirley Anne Field, an interesting take on John Schlesinger’s Billy Liar (1962). It also features lots of film news, DVD and soundtrack reviews as well as many follow-up articles to pieces from previous issues such as the second part of Steve Saragossi’s interview with American actor James Caan and an ongoing look at The Man from U.N.C.L.E. films.

You can purchase the latest issue of Cinema Retro at their official website: cinemaretro.com

Lee Marvin fans might also enjoy checking out a new interview with director Jim Jarmusch that was recently posted at the Criterion Collection film site. In one of the clips Jarmusch humorously discusses his association with The Sons of Lee Marvin.

Recommended Read:
– Previous Lee Marvin coverage here at Cinebeats

Cinema Retro #14

In a unexpected coincidence the newest issue of Cinema Retro has just been published and it features a terrific in-depth article on Jack Cardiff’s 1968 film Girl On a Motorcycle by Dean Brierly. It’s definitely one of the most detailed pieces about Cardiff’s film that I’ve come across and it contains many beautiful images from the movie as well. After Cardiff passed away recently I was surprised by the lack of attention given to the film’s he directed in the numerous obits I read so it’s great to see Girl On a Motorcycle getting some much deserved critical consideration and praise. If you’re a fan of the film or just interested in the movie and Cardifff’s directing efforts, the latest issue of Cinema Retro is well worth picking up!

The latest issue also features great interviews with the American actors James Caan, Ernest Borgnine and Harry Northup as well as actress Karen Black, articles on various Michael Winner films including the great Charles Bronson vehicle Chato’s Land (1972) and one of my favorite horror films from the ’70s, The Sentinel (1977). You’ll also find a brief piece about the early films made by Clint Eastwood (The Beguiled, Play Misty for Me and Breezy), which I enjoyed reading since his early horror films are often overlooked and I believe that The Beguiled and Play Misty for Me are two of Clint Eastwood’s best movies.

You’ll find a lot more worthwhile reading in the new issue of Cinema Retro so head on over to the Cinema Retro site where you can order yourself a copy of issue #14 online or subscribe to the magazine: Cinema Retro

All of my own posts related to The Girl On a Motorcycle can be accessed here and I’ll try and share a bit more about the film before it’s upcoming DVD re-release on May 19th.

Cinema Retro #12

A few weeks ago the newest issue of Cinema Retro arrived in my mailbox and I finally had the opportunity to read it last night. The magazine features a lengthy in-depth look at the 1971 film Vanishing Point as well as an interview with the movie’s director Richard C. Sarafian. Car films from the ’70s like Two-Lane Blacktop and Vanishing Point seem to be getting a lot of attention lately and I suspect that it’s primarily due to interest in Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 grindhouse effort Death Proof. I haven’t seen Death Proof myself, but after looking at the previews and reading a few reviews of the film, it seems that Tarantino’s movie references these films a lot. If you’re a fans of ’70s car films or just curious about one of the movies that influenced Tarantino’s Death Proof, you won’t want to miss the latest issue of Cinema Retro.

The new issue also contains interesting articles on the James Bond spy spoof Operation Kid Brother that starred Neil Connery (Sean Connery’s younger brother), a detailed overview of the films of British comedic actor Frankie Howard, ongoing interviews with director Joe Dante and Man From U.N.C.L.E. stars David McCallum and Robert Vaughn, as well as information about the recent Goldfinger reunion that reunited many of the film’s crew and stars; plus a brief look at actor Roger Moore’s associations with Britain’s Pinewood Studios.

My favorite piece in the new issue of Cinema Retro is John Exhsaw’s fascinating look at Don Sharp’s 1975 thriller Hennessy. I’m a fan of many of Don Sharp’s early horror films such as The Kiss of the Vampire (1963), Curse of the Fly (1965), Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) and Psychomania (1973) but I hadn’t heard of Hennessy before. According to the article the film stars the great Rod Stieger as an Irishman named Niall Hennessy with connections to the IRA. After Hennessy’s family is killed in a violent skirmish between Belfast citizens and British troops, he begins to plot his revenge and makes plans to blow-up Parliament and kill the Queen of England. The movie also features Richard Johnson (love him!), Lee Remick, Trevor Howard and Patrick Stewart in his first film role. When the movie was released in Britian in 1975 it caused quite a controversy. And when the film finally debuted in America critics apparently didn’t care for it and Hennessy quickly disappeared from theaters. Currently Hennessy only seems available on video but hopefully John Exhsaw’s informative article about the film will encourage people like myself to seek it out. Hennessy seems extremely topical and I suspect that if the movie was released on DVD today it would find a large audience.

The latest issue of Cinema Retro can be purchased directly from the magazine’s official site.

Cinema Retro #10

A new issue of the British film magazine Cinema Retro arrived in my mailbox yesterday and it might be my favorite issue yet. I’ve been feeling under the weather lately, but flipping through a new issue of Cinema Retro overstuffed with fantastic color photos from ’60s and ’70s era films can cheer me right up.

I’m tempted to refer to issue #10 as the “Blond Bombshell” issue since it contains articles on no less then four fabulous blond starlets including Susan George, Joy Harmon, Doris Day and gorgeous cover girl Elke Sommer. Elke has long been one of my favorite actresses and Cinema Retro #10 features an extensive look at one of her best films, Ralph Thomas’s super spy thriller Deadlier Than the Male (1967). Besides lots of amazing photos from the film you’ll find a piece called In Conversation with Elke Sommer where she discusses her experiences while making the movie. The article also mentions that Elke will be appearing regularly in upcoming issues discussing her life and career in film, which I’m really looking forward to reading.

Other highlights from issue #10 include an insightful look at one of my favorite British films from the sixties, Michael Winner’s smart satire about the world of advertising called I’ll Never Forget What’s’isname (1967), which starred the great Oliver Reed in one of his best roles as an angry young man working for an advertising agency while trying to manage his chaotic love life. Orson Welles also has a memorable role in the film as Reed’s ex-boss who tries to lure him back to the company once he gives up advertising to write for a small literary magazine.


Top: Doris Day and Oliver Reed
Bottom: Peter Cushing and Susan George

In the new issue there is also a firsthand account of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the release of Hammer’s first color film The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) that was held at Bray Studios last summer, a fascinating look at cuts that were made to Sam Peckinpah’s controversial film Straw Dogs (1971), as well as the magazine’s ongoing features on special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen, the actress and Bond girl Luciana Pauluzzi, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. star David McCallum and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. films, which were recently shown on Turner Movie Classics here in the states.

Naturally there’s lots more to read in Cinema Retro #10 such as soundtrack reviews and various bits of film related news and information. I’m sure the new issue is going to sell out fast so grab it while you can. It has inspired me to revisit some of my favorite Elke Sommer movies so you can expect me to be writing more about the actress and her films in the future.

In the meantime check out my previous posts about Cinema Retro and visit the magazine’s official site for more information on how you can get yourself a copy of the latest issue. The web’s great, but please continue to support print magazines!

Cinema Retro Vol. 3: Issue #9


A dreamy looking Clint Eastwood circa 1965

The new issue of Cinema Retro arrived in my mailbox recently and as always, it’s a must-read magazine if you enjoy ’60s and ’70s era cinema as much as I do! The current issue (Vol. 3: Issue #9) features a terrific and informative cover story about Clint Eastwood and his role in Don Siegel’s film Dirty Harry, which was written by Darren Allison who runs the impressive Clint Eastwood Archive Blog. Darren Allison is an authority on Clint Eastwood and his collection of Eastwood related memorabilia is incredibly impressive. If you’re a Clint Eastwood fan like myself, his blog is well worth a look.

The new issue of Cinema Retro also includes a wonderful article on the first Man from U.N.C.L.E. feature-length film, To Trap a Spy and the third installment of their ongoing interview with one of the stars of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., David McCallum. With Time Life’s recent announcement that they’ll be releasing the entire Man from U.N.C.L.E. television series on DVD in November, there’s no better time to make yourself more acquainted with this wonderful show and the talented and handsome actors who starred in it.

You’ll also find a great feature about Tobe Hopper’s adaptation of Stephen King’s creepy vampire novel Salem’s Lot, along with a brief overview of the terrific Hammer film Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter and an interview with monster maker Ray Harryhausen, which all make for some great October reading.

Last, but certainly not least, the new issue contains the second half of their insightful interview with the lovely actress and Bond girl Luciana Paluzzi and a nice profile on the In Like Flint beautiful femme fatal Jean Hale written by Tom Lisanti of Sixties Cinema, who has a new book out that I hope to review here soon.

There’s a lot more to be found inside the pages of the latest issue of Cinema Retro so do yourself a favor and pick up a copy, or better yet subscribe to the magazine. For information on how to order the magazine please visit the official Cinema Retro website.

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The New Cinema Retro

The latest issue of Cinema Retro recently arrived in my mailbox and I think it’s one of their best issues yet. It has lots of great articles that will appeal to anyone who enjoys sixties and seventies era films as much as I do. I’ve mentioned before how much I love this magazine, but if I haven’t convinced you to become a subscriber yet, you really should reconsider it. Cinema Retro rightfully calls itself “The essential guide to movies of the ’60 & ’70s” so if you enjoy the kinds of films I write about here, you’ll definitely enjoy the magazine.

Issue #8 features a cover story about the terrific James Coburn Flint films called ‘Flint Unseen!” which includes lots of rare and never-before-seen photos and production stills from Our Man Flint (1966) and In Like Flint (1967). Other great spy related articles in this issue of Cinema Retro include Part II of an in-depth Interview with my favorite Man From U.N.C.L.E., David McCallum and an interview with the beautiful Bond Girl Luciana Paluzzi from Thunderball (1965). There is even an interesting article from Robert Sellers called “The Bond Film That Never Was” that offers an inside look at how Agent 007 almost came to the screen in a very different way.

You’ll also find terrific pieces about two of my favorite films, Mario Bava’s Danger: Diabolik (1968) and Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960). Dave Brown’s tribute to Danger: Diabolik was fascinating to read and included information about the film that was new to me. I also really enjoyed reading film critic Shirley Sealey’s personal account of seeing La Dolce Vita when it was released in Italy and her brief meeting with Fellini.

The new issue also features a detailed behind-the-scenes look at the making of Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda’s classic motorcycle film Easy Rider (1969), information about the upcoming DVD release of the Steve McQueen film The Sand Pebbles (1966) and Part II of a tribute to Elvis Presley’s female film co-stars such as Nancy Sinatra, plus lots more including reviews of new DVDs, books and CDs that retro cinema enthusiasts like myself should really enjoy.

Cinema Retro has recently updated their website and if you haven’t checked out their current layout you should stop by and give the new site a look. You can also subscribe to the magazine and purchase back issues there.

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Cinema Retro & Caroline Munro

If you’re not subscribed to Cinema Retro magazine yet, you should be! This great publication from Britain just released their 5th issue and the cover features a nice shot of the legendary Vincent Price from the terrific 1968 British horror film The Witchfinder General (a.k.a Conqueror Worm). Inside you’ll find an 8 page article on The Witchfinder General as well as exclusive interviews with Tigon’s Tony Tenser, actor Michael York and Playboy’s Hugh Hefner. The new issue also contains article’s on the Australian Stanley Kubrick exhibition, Ken Loach’s Kes, John Guillermin’s El Condor and the 1975 horror film Race with Devil that stars Peter Fonda & Warren Oates, plus much, much more!

This full-color glossy magazine is beautifully put together and contains lots of great information for retro cinema lovers. Each issue is a “limited edition collector’s item” and will not be sold on newsstands. It’s cover price of $11.95 may seem a little steep, but the cost of the magazine is reduced if you subscribe and the high-quality of each issue makes it well worth the cover price in my opinion.

Cinema Retro recently announced that the Hammer glamour queen Caroline Munro will soon become a regular contributor with her very own column in the magazine. Here’s a nice blurb about Caroline from the Cinema Retro website:

“Caroline made her first impression on the public by being proclaimed “Face of the Year” by Britain’s ‘The Evening News’. At the tender age of sixteen, she embarked on a recording career and has worked with such legendary musicians as Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Adam Ant. Her appearance on a calendar for Lamb’s Navy Rum caused a sensation in Britain and helped ensure the success of her budding film career. Over the years, she has risen to the top ranks of ‘glamour girls’ of the British cinema with an active fan club and numerous web sites devoted to her career. Her films include Dracula 72 A.D., The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’, At The Earth’s Core’, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter, The Dr.Phibes films and the 1977 James Bond blockbuster The Spy Who Loved Me. She has co-starred with such acting giants as Christopher Lee, Richard Widmark, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price and Roger Moore. Caroline will relive the making of her films – both the classics and a few she would prefer to forget – in her regular column for Cinema Retro.”

Caroline Munro as Stella Star in Starcash

Caroline has always been one of my favorite Hammer glamour girls and I’m really looking forward to reading her upcoming column in Cinema Retro. It will be interesting to see what she has to say about the films she’s made and the people she has worked with.

In the meantime you can enjoy Caroline in this trailer for Luigi Cozzi’s Starcrash. Starcrash is a fun 1979 Italian Star Wars knock-off starring David Hasselhoff (yes, that David Hasselhoff), Christopher Plummer, Marjoe Gortner and Caroline Munro as the very sexy Stella Star. This might be one of the movies she would like to forget, but I think it’s worth remembering.