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Leslie Stevens' 1960 film noir Private Property is an incredibly tense psychosexual thriller that is years ahead of its time. Stevens was probably best known as the creator of the influential science fiction TV series The Outer Limits, but before that project got off the ground in 1963 he was a writer and director of a couple of feature films that didn't exactly set the world on fire. Private Property was his first in the director's chair and it is definitely a bold debut, even if audiences in the Us didn't get to see it at the time. Duke (Corey Allen) and Boots (Warren Oates) are drifters making their way down the Southern California coast when they spy a pretty young woman zooming down the...
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The American Murder Song tour is in full swing and its stop in Los Angeles on November 12th is nearly upon us. Continue reading for more info and ticket details. Also in today's Highlights: an exclusive, Nsfw clip from Everlasting, news on the inaugural New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival, Liz Brennan's "Body Bags" music video, and details on Dark Night's AFI Fest screening.
American Murder Song Los Angeles Show Details: Press Release: "The Star of Repo! The Genetic Opera & Songwriters of The Devil's Carnival Arrive With Their New Collaboration in Los Angeles on November 12th.
Cult film composers Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman are no strangers to creating interactive fan events. With their movies Repo! The Genetic Opera and The Devil's Carnival as well as its sequel, they pioneered a punk rock approach to storytelling and distribution, touring their musical films like rock concerts and cultivating a die-hard fanbase in the process. »
- Tamika Jones
Is this once-lost film the apex of obscure independent Hollywood filmmaking? Made way outside the limits of the Production Code, it's even better than I hoped it would be. Leslie Stevens' 'backyard movie' is the work of a directorial wunderkind with an inspired crew. Totally original, with three unforgettable performances. Private Property Blu-ray + DVD Cinelicious 1960 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 79 min. / Street Date November 8, 2016 / 34.99 Starring Kate Manx, Corey Allen, Warren Oates Robert Ward, Jerome Cowan, Jules Maitland. Cinematography Ted McCord, Conrad Hall Film Editor Jerry Young Original Music Pete Rugolo Film Technology Alexander Singer Produced by Stanley Colbert Written and Directed by Leslie Stevens
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
I saw Private Property for the first time last night, and came away thinking, 'these are the most believably complex, twisted, adult screen characters I've seen in a long time.' I also felt that I had witnessed some really extraordinary acting, »
- Glenn Erickson
This past year, Cinelicious Pics has restored and distributed two unique films tragically underseen or never received U.S. distribution: Eiichi Yamamoto’s 1973 animated masterpiece “Belladonna of Sadness,” and Leslie Stevens’ long-missing 1960’s thriller “Private Property,” about two homicidal Southern California drifters (Warren Oates and Corey Allen) who wander off the beach into the Beverly Hills home of unhappy housewife Anne (Kate Manx) and slowly worm their way into her life.
Read More: Cinelicious Pics to Release 4k Restoration of Lost Noir ‘Private Property’
Cinelicious gave it a brief theatrical distribution this year in New York, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, and other cities, and it will be released on Blu-ray this week. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring Allen’s character finally alone with Anne. The scene was one of the reasons why the film was rejected by the Motion Picture Association for failure to comply with the code, »
- Vikram Murthi
Over the course of his career, the notoriously hard-living Warren Oates palled around with Dennis Hopper and served as one of many Sam Peckinpah muses. His relationship with Hollywood bad boys extended to John Milius, who directed him in the memorable title role for the B-grade biopic Dillinger. By the time he passed away in 1982, he had over 120 film and television productions to his name.
But in 1960, Oates was a struggling young actor whose broad, bulldoggish face and crooked-toothed smile didn’t exactly scream movie star. He was, however, perfect as a counterpart to Corey Allen in director Leslie Stevens‘ lost film Private Property.
Nearly six decades after its initial release, the black-and-white gem has re-emerged thanks to efforts of the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Cinelicious Pics, a small company with a reputation for digging up valuable works doomed to obscurity. Their latest find provides a glimpse into a »
- Amanda Waltz
In Leslie Stevens‘ 1960 picture “Private Property,” a skin-tightening psychosexual thriller shot on the cheap in just five days, two pervy male gazers named Duke (Corey Allen) and Boots (Warren Oates) have lunch with a beautiful, sexually-frustrated housewife named Ann (Kate Manx, the director’s wife). They have grilled cheese and lemonade, but they really want […]
- Greg Cwik
Piece of the Pie: Stevens’ Psychosexual Drama Gets Revamped
The poster tagline for Leslie Stevens’ 1960 directorial debut Private Property says it all, proclaiming the film to be “the boldest story of a planned seduction ever to scald the screen!” the statement hovering above the strangely positioned, free-floating figure of lead actress Kate Manx (wife of the director), derriere exposed.
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- Nicholas Bell
The story of one or more drifters terrorizing any and all that come across their path is a narrative that’s become something of a cliche in the world of thriller/horror cinema. However, something that is entirely and in many ways iconic in its singularity is the on-screen presence of legendary character actor Warren Oates.
The subject of a new retrospective in New York, Oates’ career began in the late 50s doing regional theater in Louisville, after a run in the Us Marines. Moving into TV acting and ultimately the world of TV Westerns, Oates’ career was full of various guest roles on some of TV’s greatest series, only to meet his cinematic soul mate, Sam Peckinpah, while working on one of those very shows, The Rifleman. However, his first big screen starring role came in the intense, creepy and deeply unsettling lo-fi thriller, Private Property.
Itself the subject of reappraisal, »
- Joshua Brunsting
Cinelicious Pics and actor Elijah Wood’s production company SpectreVision will restore and re-release Toshio Matsumoto’s Japanese queer cinema classic “Funeral Parade of Roses.” A loose adaptation of “Oedipus Rex” set in the gay underground of 1960’s Tokyo, the film follows a group of transgender people as they travel through a largely unseen world of drag bars and nightclubs, fueled by booze, drugs, fuzz guitar, performance art and black mascara.
Long unavailable in the United States, “Funeral Parade of Roses” is an intoxicating masterpiece of subversive imagery, combining elements of documentary and the avant garde. Stanley Kubrick acknowledged that the film was a major influence on “A Clockwork Orange.” Check out some exclusive images from the film below.
Cinelicious specializes in releasing independent features and docs along with brand-new 4K restorations of under-seen classics. They »
- Vikram Murthi
A SoCal Rear Window made at the cusp of the sexual revolution is a peculiar but fascinating look at vicious prurience
Determining where trenchant psycho-sexual commentary ends and voyeuristic sleaze begins can be a dicey business, but if all such cases were as energetic and entertaining as Leslie Stevens’s “lost” 1960 independent picture Private Property we’d be better off.
Set in the sun-bleached Los Angeles hills at the cusp of the sexual revolution (and its bloody Manson family nadir), Private Property seems, at first, mere fodder for raincoat-wearing deviants. But there’s too much negative space in the screenplay to leave it at that. Watching in 2016, thanks to an undertaking by the UCLA Film & Television Archive working with Cinelicious Pics, one feels compelled to hurl problematic yellow cards at the screen. Indeed, appealing to a base crowd of perverts may very well have been an original goal from a marketing point of view. »
- Jordan Hoffman
I live in Los Angeles, and my residency here means that a lot of great film programming-- revival screenings, advance looks at upcoming releases and vital, fascinating glimpses at unheralded, unexpected cinema from around the world—is available to me on a week-by-week basis. But I’ve never been to Cannes. Toronto, Tribeca, New York, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, SXSW, these festivals are all events that I have yet to be lucky enough to attend, and I can reasonably expect that it’s probably going to stay that way for the foreseeable future. I never attended a film festival of any kind until I made my way to the outskirts of the Mojave Desert for the Lone Pine Film Festival in 2006, which was its own kind of grand adventure, even if it wasn’t exactly one for bumping shoulders with critics, stars and fanatics on the French Riviera.
But since 2010 there »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Plus: Gravitas Ventures acquires My Father’s Vietnam; and more…
Susan Sarandon will receive the Cinema Icon Award at the National Association Of Theatre Owners (Nato) convention on April 14.
Sarandon will next be seen in The Meddler, which opens on April 22 via Spc, and her credits include Thelma And Louise, The Witches Of Eastwick, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Lorenzo’s Oil, and Dead Man Walking, for which she won the lead actress Oscar in 1996. CinemaCon is set to run at Caesars Palace from April 11-14.
Gravitas Ventures has picked up VOD and home video rights from Circus Road Films to Soren Sorensen’s My Father’s Vietnam. The documentary will debut on May 24.Aeg and Regal have partnered with Barco to announce a multi-year, strategic partnership to create Regal L.A. Live: A Barco Innovation Center. The current Regal Cinemas L.A. Live, owned by Aeg, will transform into a creative hub for all of Barco »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
12 items from 2016
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