8 items from 2012
★★★☆☆ Screening as part of November's BFI Uncut Season at London's Southbank, The Killing of Sister George (1968) follows the turbulent relationship that takes place between same sex lovers June Buckridge (Beryl Reid) and Childie (Susannah York), while the former is battling against her character being written out of a fictional television soap opera. American director Robert Aldrich's controversial feature undeniably feels somewhat misplaced; had the film remained more faithful to the original Frank Marcus play, it may never have found its way into a season celebrating contentious cinema.
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- CineVue UK
It's that time of year, loyal readers. Please subscribe or renew your subscriptions to Cinema Retro, if you have not yet done so. It's going to be another great year for the world's most unique film magazine! The new season begins with issue #25, showcasing the usual eclectic array of classic and cult films. Among the highlights:
James Bond at 50: Cinema Retro interviews Daniel Craig, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and Skyfall director Sam Mendes about the screen legacy of Agent 007. Major coverage of Hammer Films events: convention report, Hammer horror film locations then and now and coverage of the latest Blu-ray releases. A look at the new restoration of David Lean's masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia and exclusive interview with Sony's Grover Crisp, the man who spearheaded the restoration process. Best-selling author Robert Sellers provides a fascinating look at the life and career of the ultimate "bad boy" of British cinema, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
This article is part of our 30 day 007 marathon. You can find all the entries by clicking here.
Fifty years ago this month, Marilyn Monroe passed away from a suspected accidental drug overdose (although conspiracy geeks love to contemplate more nefarious scenarios). The commemoratives are already showing up on magazine and newspaper entertainment pages, cable channels have announced their Marilyn film fests and documentary tributes. There’s little of worth I can add either in academic consideration or aesthetic appreciation to all the testimonials as well as the previous fifty years of ruminating in print and on film re: the lasting appeal of La Monroe. I can only wonder, with a sort of melancholy amazement, over the fact we’re still talking about her all these years later.
That persistent hold she has on popular culture is a fascinating study in itself. Her career had already been faltering when she died, »
- Bill Mesce
(John Huston, 1962, Transition Digital Media, 12)
John Huston originally commissioned a screenplay about Sigmund Freud from Jean-Paul Sartre. It proved overlong and unwieldy and the ultimate film came closer to one of the respectful Warner Bros biopics of great men on which both Huston and the film's German-born producer, Wolfgang Reinhardt, had worked in the 1930s. Set in Vienna in the 1880s, it's about what Huston in his prologue portentously describes as "Freud's descent into a region almost as black as hell itself, man's unconscious and how he let in light". In his penultimate screen appearance, a troubled but generally impressive Montgomery Clift plays the young neurologist who challenges the medical establishment, moving from hypnosis towards psychoanalysis and developing his revolutionary theories, most especially about infantile sexuality and the Oedipus complex.
- Philip French
By Harvey Chartrand
In his superb memoir, Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them (HarperCollins), Langella reveals that he is an incomparable memoirist and storyteller, recalling his encounters with scores of luminaries from the world of entertainment in a career spanning half a century. All of these luminaries are deceased and the cast of characters is listed “by order of disappearance”. Just as well, as many of the revelations are quite shocking.
Langella must be the most sociable and congenial actor on the planet, as the busyness of his social and professional lives and the breadth and depth of his friendships, romantic liaisons and acquaintances are very impressive indeed. He met Marilyn Monroe in 1953. She stepped out of a limousine and said “hi” to the adolescent from Bayonne, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Chuck Heston versus a mummy? He should certainly outgun any ancient Egyptian menace. Yet the movie is more of a possession one than the traditional mummy flick. That doesn.t mean that it doesn.t have something to offer. Archeologist Matthew Corbeck (Charlton Heston) is obsessed with finding the lost tomb of Queen Kara. So much so that he is neglecting his very pregnant wife Anne (Jill Townsend) and spending much time in the desert with his assistant Jane (Susannah York). When he does discover the tomb he hammers away on the entrance with a sledgehammer. Each blow causes Anne to have violent contractions. After getting the comatose Anne to the hospital, Matthew can.t help but go back to »
- Jeff Swindoll
More long hidden horrors are now available as part of Warner's made-to-order Archive Collection. Oh, the classic terrors that await you, dearest reader! Dig it!
Head on over to the Warner Archives and order yours today!
Director: Mike Newell
Mention Bram Stoker’s name, and literature and movie buffs will conjure up Count Dracula. But there was more blood in Stoker’s pen. He also wrote The Jewel of the Seven Stars, later filmed with chilling effect as The Awakening, grippingly directed by Mike Newell (Dance with a Stranger, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and sensuously shot on Egyptian locations by veteran cinematographer Jack Cardiff. Charlton Heston stars as an Egyptologist with a passion that will trigger several mysterious deaths. He’s obsessed with a sorceress whose return has been prophesied – and whose tomb he opened »
- Uncle Creepy
Well we're back again with the bumper crop of must-have DVDs and Blu-rays for the month of May – from historic Italian epics to underground American sensations to a chilly, expressionistic film noir to movies where Raquel Welch plays a Vegas showgirl fleeing a murderer – we’ve got them all hear for you. So look on below to see what's worth your money this month....
"1900" (1976) Blu-ray
Why You Should Care: At the time of its release, Bernardo Bertolucci's historical epic was said to be the most expensive (requiring the financial commitment of three major studios – 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and United Artists) and ambitious ever mounted in Italy. It's a tale of two friends (played by Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu), born on the same day at the dawn of the 20th century, and the way that their lives crisscross, intersect, and diverge wildly over the rocky course of history. »
- Drew Taylor
8 items from 2012
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