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The playwright and television screenwriter Bill MacIlwraith, who has died aged 88, was best known for a mother-in-law-from-hell play, The Anniversary (1966), which was adopted by Bette Davis for a 1968 film which featured three of the original British cast – Sheila Hancock, Jack Hedley and James Cossins – although Davis had wanted a more Americanised version.
When Hancock played “Mum” herself – the role taken by Davis in the film – in an unsuitably girlish dress and a black eye-patch in a revival 10 years ago directed by Denis Lawson, the full south London bite and fury of a widowed mother running a dodgy building company, and stifling the aspirations of her three grown-up sons and their womenfolk, was restored; Hancock’s performance was acclaimed by Sheridan Morley as “the finest, funniest and most frightening comic turn in London”.
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- Michael Coveney
From Kino Lorber: “Coming October 11th on Blu-ray!
Synopsis (via Blu-ray.com): “Horror icon Lon Chaney, Jr. conjures up unspeakable evil as Morgan Whitlock, a modern-day warlock whose witchy ancestors were burned at the stake. But now, after three long centuries of waiting, Morgan’s family will finally have is revenge. The Whitlock’s 300-year-old matriarch has risen from the grave to wreak havoc upon the descendants of those who destroyed her coven, confiscated her estate and burned her alive!”
- Tamika Jones
It's a genuine forgotten gem: American student Jean Seberg's five-year adventure in Paris is mostly a period of romantic frustration. Irwin Shaw and Robert Parrish's look at the problems of an independent woman is remarkably insightful; the chronically miscast and underused Ms. Seberg is luminous. In the French Style Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1963 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 105 min. / Ship Date April 12, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jean Seberg, Stanley Baker, Phillippe Forquet, Addison Powell, Jack Hedley, Maurice Teynac, Claudine Auger, James Leo Herlihy, Ann Lewis, Barbara Sommers. Cinematography Michel Kelber Original Music Joseph Kosma Written by Irwin Shaw from his short stories Produced by Irwin Shaw, Robert Parrish Directed by Robert Parrish
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Talk about elusive movies: on must keep an eye on the TCM logs to catch many of the films of director Robert Parrish. I had to wait for the advent of »
- Glenn Erickson
3 items from 2016
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