In the late 1950s, Britain was a country in transition. The destruction caused by two world wars remained evident but the economy was booming and unemployment was at an all-time low. Popular music was bringing diverse groups of individuals together and creating a sense of unity among the youth. Despite the overall prosperity, the stark differences separating the ‘haves’ from the ‘have-nots’ were more apparent … Continue reading ANGRY CINEMA: THE BRITISH NEW WAVE
On Saturday, Nov. 19th (and Jan. 17th) TCM will be airing Karel Reisz’ SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING (1961). This bleak but beautifully shot kitchen-sink drama features Albert Finney in his screen debut as one of Britain’s original angry young men. The film is based on a novel by the British author Alan Sillitoe who also wrote the screenplay. Alan Sillitoe died last year at age 82 but I recently … Continue reading Remembering Alan Sillitoe: “Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down!”
I recently got the opportunity to discuss the work of British screenwriter and novelist, Alan Sillitoe with members of The Alan Sillitoe Committee, including Alan’s son David. The name might not be familiar to many film fans but Alan Sillitoe is responsible for writing SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING (Karel Reisz; 1961) and THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER (Tony Richardson; 1962). He gave a voice to Britain’s “angry young men” and helped define a generation. Continue reading “Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down!”
Laurence Harvey, Julie Christie & Dirk Bogarde in Darling (1965) During the recent Dirk Bogarde movie marathon on TCM I ended up watching John Schlesinger’s Darling (1965) again which stars Dirk Bogarde along with the wonderful Julie Christie and jaw-droppingly gorgeous Laurence Harvey. I’ve seen the film many times before but I love all three of the film’s stars so I never get tired of … Continue reading New John Dankworth Compilation
Evil nannies that are determined to harm the innocent children they care for have become a popular recurring menace in many horror films over the years and last week one of the best nasty nanny movies was finally released on DVD for the first time. I originally saw Seth Holt’s chilling British thriller The Nanny (1965) when I was just a kid and it terrified … Continue reading Seth Holt’s The Nanny (1965)
Favorite DVD Releases of 2007: Part III. – Top 30 DVDs #11-20. John Savage in The Killing Kind (1973) The Killing Kind (Dark Sky Films) Please see my brief look at this Curtis Harrington film HERE. Latitude Zero (1969) Latitude Zero (Dub Sub) (Media Blasters) Please see my review of Ishiro Honda’s Latitude Zero HERE. Legends of the Poisonous Seductress #1: Female Demon Ohyaku (1969) … Continue reading Favorite DVD Releases of 2007: Part III.
Favorite DVD Releases of 2007: Part II. – Top 30 DVDs #1-10. Black Test Car (1962) Black Test Car (Fantoma) Yasuzo Masumura is one of my favorite Japanese directors, but unfortunately many of his films are unavailable on DVD and have never been seen outside of Japan. Thankfully Fantoma has been making an effort to release many of Masumura’s films and in 2007 they released … Continue reading Favorite DVD Releases of 2007: Part II.
I was hoping I’d get the chance to watch the new Criterion release of Lindsay Anderson’s This Sporting Life (1963) this week, but unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to. Since I’ve seen the film before and I have great respect for it, I really have no problem recommending the new Criterion disc. It promises to be one of the best DVD releases of the … Continue reading DVD of the Week: This Sporting Life (1963)
I recently had the opportunity to revisit Norman Jewison’s extremely silly and very smart 1966 comedy The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming for the first time in 20 years. When I was a kid it was one of my favorite comedies for reasons I can’t fully explain. But it seemed to portray adults as I saw them then – easily frightened big kids … Continue reading The Terrorists Are Coming, the Terrorists Are Coming!
I had planned on finishing up the Lucio Fulci tribute I started last week but I was deeply saddened to learn that the great British filmmaker & cinematographer Freddie Francis had passed away on March 17th due to complications following a stroke. In light of this, I decided to spend some time writing about Francis instead since he’s long been one of my favorite filmmakers. … Continue reading R.I.P. Freddie Francis 1917-2007