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Raro Video continues remastering rare and obscure Italian titles with the long unavailable 1970 curio from Duccio Tessari, Death Occurred Last Night. A rare hybrid of police thriller and giallo, this fascinating title is a definite highlight in the little known Tessari’s varied filmography. Most noted for his work in spaghetti westerns, those unfamiliar with his work will surely be interested in seeking out other available titles. As seedy and ridiculous as it is intriguing and unfailingly amusing, its attention to character and narrative development sets it apart from similar titles of the time period, preceding comparable American fare such as Paul Schrader’s 1979 Hardcore.
A self-controlled yet increasingly desperate father (Raf Vallone) informs Detective Duca Lamberti (Frank Wolff) at the police station in Milan that his girl is missing. As he answers a round of questions, we discover his girl is actually a mentally handicapped twenty five year old »
- Nicholas Bell
As a Brit and a lover of cinema, sometimes it’s good to take the time to fully appreciate some home grown talent. I’m a lover of cinema from all over the world, but British cinema can often be overshadowed by American cinema, with its size 14 shoes and imposing figure (and full wallet) it often casts a big shadow over the rest of the world. However we Brits have contributed our fair share of great films and most certainly our fair share of great thespians. Perhaps one of our most successful home grown talents is Maurice Micklewhite (that’s Michael Caine to the layperson).
Caine, one of our most prolific and successful exports has had over 50 years of big screen outings and as well as being hugely successful as a Hollywood character actor, has led a great deal of Britain’s most iconic films. »
- Gary Collinson
This is part 2 (part 1 Here) of an expanded article Clothes on Film editor Christopher Laverty wrote for men’s style resource Mr Porter analysing Michael Caine’s suits in The Italian Job. This post covers all the costumes he wore during the film.
We rejoin Charlie and his ragtag crew at the big meeting when the gang are all introduced to each other. It had to be a Doug Hayward moment and thankfully does not disappoint. In actual fact it is probably Michael Caine’s best fitting suit in the whole movie:
Dark blue worsted wool suit; double breasted jacket, wide peaked lapels, 6 on 2 fastening, slanted hip pockets, ticket pocket, high rear vents; white high collar medium spread shirt with double cuffs; narrow leg trousers; white silk necktie.
Odd to wear a white tie out of formal occasion or evening wear, but it works well as part of the ensemble. »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Blow The Bloody Doors Off | Al Pacino Season | We Love Wes! | Takeover Film Festival, Glasgow Youth Film Festival
Blow The Bloody Doors Off, London
His was the bespectacled face of swinging London to be sure, but Michael Caine's movies also inspired some of the era's greatest scores. This event, hosted by Phill Jupitus, replays highlights from four of those classic soundtracks, live, for the first time in history: Sonny Rollins's Alfie, John Barry's The Ipcress File, Quincy Jones's The Italian Job and, getting special attention, Roy Budd's Get Carter. The band includes members of Polar Bear, Madness and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and movie clips on screen will complete the nostalgia trip.
Barbican Hall, EC2, Thu
Al Pacino Season, London
To his critics, Pacino is basically Pacino whatever role he's playing, despite all that "method" stuff. But even if you admit that, most actors would »
- Steve Rose
There is a kind of music in Michael Caine's voice: deceptively flat, barely inflected, emitting just the tiniest glints of detached insolence and laconic menace as it maps the area between the pre-war docklands community of Rotherhithe, his birthplace, and Elephant and Castle, where his family was rehoused in a prefab built on bomb-damaged land not far from the location of Shakespeare's theatres. Few people alive know more about the actor's craft than Caine, none is more gifted in the art of underplaying, and that voice is integral to his virtuosity.
But there is music of a more conventional kind in the films that made him famous – when the former Maurice Micklewhite rather unexpectedly became the model of a new kind of English leading man, »
- Richard Williams
The following is an expanded article Clothes on Film editor Chris Laverty wrote for men’s style resource Mr Porter analysing Michael Caine’s suits in The Italian Job. This post covers all the costumes he wore during the film.
If The Italian Job (1969) needs any introduction at all it might be possible you’ve been in a coma for the past 40 years. It’s so well known and so well loved that were it not for the fact that no-one has really delved into the sartorial details of Michael Caine’s suits there would be nothing left to talk about. As it happens we have spent time studying and researching The Italian Job for this very purpose; we even got in touch with Caine’s original tailor for the film, Douglas Hayward (now just ‘Hayward’ since he sadly died in 2008) to confirm the particulars on those scalpel sharp suits that still make us drool. »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
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