7 items from 2011
"TCM Remembers 2011" is out. Remembered by Turner Classic Movies are many of those in the film world who left us this past year. As always, this latest "TCM Remembers" entry is a classy, immensely moving compilation. The haunting background song is "Before You Go," by Ok Sweetheart.
Among those featured in "TCM Remembers 2011" are Farley Granger, the star of Luchino Visconti's Senso and Alfred Hitchcock's Rope and Strangers on a Train; Oscar-nominated Australian actress Diane Cilento (Tom Jones, Hombre), formerly married to Sean Connery; and two-time Oscar nominee Peter Falk (Murder, Inc., Pocketful of Miracles, The Great Race), best remembered as television's Columbo. Or, for those into arthouse fare, for playing an angel in Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire.
Also, Jane Russell, whose cleavage and sensuous lips in Howard Hughes' The Outlaw left the puritans of the Production Code Association apoplectic; another Australian performer, Googie Withers, among »
- Andre Soares
By my reckoning three masterpieces of the genre were released in 1960. All three involve a character with obsessions that eventually destroy him, but only after a string of other deaths. All three got, at best, mixed reviews on their release, as edgy horror movies almost always get. And the three stand up as proof of what the genre can be in the hands of the right artists.
The centrepiece of this triptych, of course, is Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 Psycho, which marks a turning point. Norman Bates goes in the list with Frankenstein’s monster and Nosferatu, but this time the monster had a perfectly normal, even likeable, face and voice, and an innocent charm. Many horror and crime movies since have been about characters with multiple personalities, but I struggle to think of any such movies made prior to this. Suddenly the danger had shifted from an external monster into »
- Adam Whyte
Sometimes, second cinematic takes can be superb – and more 'original' than any number of standalone films
Of all the pantomime villains that stalk the movies, few are as loathed as the remake. The endless reheating of leftovers has come to symbolise everything rotten about Hollywood, a staple feature in trotted-out arguments that modern filmgoers have never had it so bad. But for all the odium hurled their way, they just keep coming: Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is about to be released and we're to be offered new spins on Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Lately, the very term remake has become so toxic that filmmakers are reaching for less unloved R words – reinterpretation, re-boot or (be still my delicate guts) reimagining. Others are quick to point out their movies aren't really remakes at all, but sequels or prequels to old »
- Danny Leigh
Farewell to a lovely lady whose Body Snatchers costar Kevin McCarthy died just last year. The beautiful Ms Wynter acted in a handful of films (she was Burt Lancaster’s nagging wife in Airport) and did a ton of TV work including her own show The Man Who Never Was in 1966, but it.s for her role as Becky Driscoll in the 1956 Sci-fi classic Invasion Of The Body Snathcer for which she will always be best known.
From the L.A. Times:
Wynter died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Ojai Valley Community Hospital’s Continuing Care Center, said her son, Mark Bautzer.
- Tom Stockman
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- Peter Sciretta
The actress passed away in Ojai, California on Thursday after suffering congestive heart failure.
Wynter, who was born in Germany and raised in England, trained to be a doctor before pursuing her acting dreams.
She racked up TV credits on shows such as The Man Who Never Was, Wagon Train, Cannon and The Rockford Files, and starred in films including Shake Hands With The Devil with James Cagney, Sink the Bismarck! and Airport.
She is best known for her role as Becky Driscoll in 1956 sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Wynter is survived by a son, Mark. »
Actress Dana Wynter, who was best known for her role in 1956’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, has died.Though she was born in Germany as Dagmar Winter, Wynter was British, raised largely in the UK until the age of 16, when her father, a respected surgeon went to Morocco to perform an operation. While there, he visited friends in Zimbabwe (then known as Southern Rhodesia) and fell for the place, moving his family across shortly afterwards.Despite kicking off her studies aiming to enter the medical field in her father’s footsteps, a love of drama and the theatre saw Wynter break off her studies and return to the UK in the hopes of pursuing an acting career. In 1951, she got her wish, starting with small roles, usually without a credit, in films such as Lady Godiva Rides Again. But after getting noticed by an agent, she decided to make the move to New York, »
7 items from 2011