Derek Jarman: An Appreciation

As a teenager growing up in the ’80s it was impossible to overlook Derek Jarman’s work. He was all over MTV. He was part of a group of British filmmakers that included Julien Temple and Alex Cox who made music videos or music inspired films that seemed particularly in-sync with their times. Jarman’s work was interesting, experimental and demanding of its audience but I appreciated the challenges he presented. Continue reading Derek Jarman: An Appreciation

Ghost Story (1974) Comes to DVD

Horror film lovers and Marianne Faithfull fans can rejoice! Stephen Weeks’ spooky British thriller Ghost Story (1974) is finally coming to DVD on November 16th from Nucleus Films in the UK. It will only be available in Britain as a Region 2 PAL disc but if you happen to own an all-region DVD player like myself, I recommend getting yourself a copy. Hopefully, the film … Continue reading Ghost Story (1974) Comes to DVD

“She is a happening all to herself.”

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 be fun to share their quotes here along with some … Continue reading “She is a happening all to herself.”

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 … Continue reading Cinema Retro #14

The Girl on a Motorcycle: Advertising

There were a lot of beautiful posters designed for Jack Cardiff’s film when it was originally released. Unfortunately I don’t know the names of all the artists who created these posters and ads for The Girl On a Motorcycle (1968), but I hope you enjoy this collection of images. I had to restore and touch-up many of the posters so its been somewhat of a … Continue reading The Girl on a Motorcycle: Advertising

Some Thoughts on Jack Cardiff 1914-2009

Jack Cardiff with Marianne Faithfull on the set of The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) The talented director and cinematographer Jack Cardiff has passed away at the age of 94. As the tributes start to roll out from various news sites and film blogs its become clear to me that most people regard Jack Cardiff as a great cinematographer and have little regard or knowledge … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Jack Cardiff 1914-2009

12 Films I Must See

I’ve mentioned before how much I dislike blog memes. I find most of them really dull and pointless, but occasionally I get asked to participate in one that sparks my interest. The following 12 Films I Must See meme was forwarded my way by Dennis at Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule and it’s a doozy. The point of the meme is to list … Continue reading 12 Films I Must See

Stephen Weeks’ Ghost Story (1974)

Marianne Faithfull in Ghost Story (1974) Ghost Story (aka Madhouse Mansion) is an interesting low-budget independent horror film made in 1974 by the British director and producer Stephen Weeks. The film tells the story of a small group of privileged young men in the 1930s that gather together for a weekend in the country at a sprawling British estate. As soon as they arrive personality … Continue reading Stephen Weeks’ Ghost Story (1974)

My Love Affair With Alain Delon

Since I’m devoting this week to all things fabulous and French I couldn’t resist spending some time writing about my favorite French actor, the beautiful, enigmatic and talented Alain Delon. Alain Delon and I begun our one-sided love affair in the summer of 1996. It was then that Purple Noon (a.k.a. Plein Soleil, 1960) was re-released in American movie theaters thanks to Martin Scorsese and … Continue reading My Love Affair With Alain Delon