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Movie Poster of the Week: “Maigret Sets a Trap” and the Art of Nathan Gelgud

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This beautiful pair of illustrated posters for two late 50s Maigret adaptations by Jean Delannoy is the work of Nathan Gelgud, an artist who by now should be well known to cinephiles in New York and Los Angeles. Nathan is the creator of the auteur tote bag, an essential cinephilic fashion accessory for the 2010s, more on which later. Full disclosure: I was involved in the art direction on these posters at Kino Lorber, whose repertory division is re-releasing Maigret Sets a Trap (originally released in the Us as Inspector Maigret and later re-released as Woman Bait) at Metrograph today and will be releasing both films on Blu-ray in December. I’d been aware of Nathan’s work for a while, but it was his comic-book style resumé poster for Metrograph’s Alain Tanner retrospective this summer that convinced me he’d be perfect for Maigret. And, as luck would have it,
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Erin Moran, Joanie in 'Happy Days,' Dead at 56

Erin Moran, Joanie in 'Happy Days,' Dead at 56
Erin Moran, the actress best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on beloved sitcom Happy Days and its spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 56.

Harrison County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana revealed that the cause of death was likely "complications of stage 4 cancer," per the Wrap.

Moran began her career as a child actress, starring in commercials starting at age five. She appeared in films such as 1968's How Sweet It Is! with Debbie Reynolds and Melvin Van Peebles' Watermelon Man in 1970 alongside TV shows Daktari,
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Finian’s Rainbow

As a musical it’s excellent — fine tunes and lyrics, great singing and dancing by the ever-youthful Fred Astaire, the glorious songbird Petula Clark, and the impishly weird Tommy Steele cast appropriately as a grimacing Leprechaun. The update of what was a politically acute Broadway hit in 1947 is awkward but the show is a melodious pleasure — great color, fine voices and peppy direction by Francis Ford Coppola on his first big studio feature.

Finian’s Rainbow

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1968 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 145 141 min. / Street Date March 7, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele, Don Francks, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Hancock, Al Freeman Jr., Ronald Colby, Dolph Sweet, Wright King, Louis Silas.

Cinematography: Philip Lathrop

Film Editor: Melvin Shapiro

Original Music: Ray Heindorf

Written by E.Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy

Produced by Joseph Landon

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Finian’s Rainbow is a unique musical with a strange history.
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Lumière Festival: Eight Things Quentin Tarantino Said About 1970 in the Movies

Lumière Festival: Eight Things Quentin Tarantino Said About 1970 in the Movies
Quentin Tarantino for the past four years has been delving deep into the year 1970 in the movies, as he’s been telling audiences at the Lumière Festival in Lyon, run by Cannes general delegate Thierry Fremaux. At the fest Tarantino is presenting a 15-feature retrospective titled “1970,” that includes “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Love Story,” Russ Meyer’s “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” and “Zabriskie Point.”

Here are eight things Tarantino said about that year to Fremaux when they took the stage in front of some 2,000 cheering French fans.

– How his passion for 1970 started

It started because I read the book Mark Harris wrote “Pictures at a Revolution” that takes place in 1967. That’s the year that chronicles the real emergence of New Hollywood. The point that he makes in the book is that by the end of 1967 New Hollywood had won, only they didn’t know it yet.
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These 30-Year-Old Movies Are Desperately in Need of a Remake

What was allowed in 1986 is cringeworthy today

Two movies I loved as a child celebrated their 30th anniversaries recently, and when I looked back upon them nostalgically, as one does, I saw products of their time that mostly hold up — save for one horribly dated, unforgivable element each. The kind of offense that makes it hard to still appreciate the movie when that one inexcusable part dominates your mind.

Both “Crocodile” Dundee and Short Circuit have decent scripts. The former was even nominated for an Oscar. The latter remains quotable. Their main characters are major figures of 1980s pop culture. Not on the level of Arnold Schwarzenegger and E.T., but higher up than Yakov Smirnoff and The Noid. But I can no longer enjoy these movies. Not as they are, anyway.

Their respective crimes are things that shouldn’t have even been tolerated at the time. In Dundee it’s a scene where Paul Hogan’s titular
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Herbie Hancock Joins Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’

Herbie Hancock Joins Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’
Herbie Hancock has joined Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen and Ethan Hawke in Luc Besson’s science-fiction movie “Valerian” for EuropaCorp.

Besson made the announcement Saturday via his Instagram account.

Herbie Hancock is a legend. His music was my only friend at 14… I learn so much listening this genius… I'm proud to have him for a role in #Valerian .

A photo posted by @lucbesson on Dec 12, 2015 at 9:32am Pst

Besson announced in May that DeHaan and Delevingne would play the time-traveling Valerian and his sidekick Laureline. Owen came on board in August and Hawke joined a week ago.

Besson will write and direct, while Virginie Besson Silla will produce on behalf of EuropaCorp, which will finance, produce and distribute.

The graphic novel — set in the 28th century, when humanity discovered how to time-travel — was created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres in 1967 and has since sold more than 10 million copies in 21 languages.
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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

Coriolanus; W.E.; Iron Sky; Michael; Juan of the Dead

Despite the universal saleability of all things Shakespeare, there's a good reason why film-makers have previously steered clear of his later historical tragedy about legendary Roman leader Caius Martius Coriolanus. Famously featuring one of the Bard's most opaque antiheroes (a role that has variously challenged the skills of Olivier, Burton, Hopkins and even Christopher Walken), it's the kind of play that is frequently accused of engaging neither sympathy nor emotion.

Hats off, then, to first-time director Ralph Fiennes, whose Coriolanus (2011, Lionsgate, 15) relocates the action to a latterday war zone, garlanding the Shakespearean dialogue with contemporary trappings (tanks, handguns, rolling news broadcasts) in the manner of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet or Richard Loncraine's Richard III.

Shot in Serbia and laced with images that echo TV coverage of all too recent conflicts, this beautifully streamlined adaptation cuts right to the heart
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Cool Movie Posters 1970s – “Watermelon Man” (Watch It Now)

Something I used to do in the past… I’d say during the first year of this website’s life… and something that I’m bringing back; it seemed some of you appreciated them. The headline should tell you all you need to know. Here’s the first of many to come… (the full movie is available to watch online; I embedded it underneath the poster):

From Crackle: Watermelon Man
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Bubbas, Chop-Sockies, Splatters And Sleaze – Oh My!

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Since the earliest days of American cinema there has been a shadowy counterpart to the commercial mainstream: exploitation movies — pictures whose appeal lies in their sensational treatment and leering promotion of often lurid and prurient material. Pre-1960, when mainstream Hollywood worked within severe restrictions on content, exploitation movies offered audiences titillating glimpses of the deliciously taboo, usually under the guise of being some sort of instructional cautionary against the very subject matter being exploited i.e. sex in “hygiene” movies like The Road to Ruin (1934), drugs in anti-drug movies like Tell Your Children (1936, re-released in the 1960s/70s as camp classic Reefer Madness), and gambling in the anti-vice Gambling with Souls (1936).

By the 1950s, as the studios entered their long post-war decline, downscale producers launched a new vein of exploitation moviemaking, churning out low-budget thrillers (mostly sci fi and horror) aimed squarely at the burgeoning youth audience. Again, the movies were cheap,
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Trio of Black Movie Legends in St. Louis for the Missouri Black Expo

Congratulations to the Missouri Black Expo for securing such an amazing line-up of movie celebrities for this year’s convention. Missouri Black Expo is an organization whose mission is to provide attendees with exposure to outstanding resources to promote youth development, health education and awareness and community development. This year is their 19th annual expo and will take place at the America’s Center in downtown St. Louis this weekend, August 26 – 29. The Missouri Black Expo always brings an impressive line-up of guests from the worlds of sports, literature, politics, and entertainment. This year they’re bringing in a trio of film legends that would make any movie geek drool.

First up is acting legend Lou Gossett Jr. who was the first African-American to win the Oscar for actor in a supporting role when he did so for his unforgettable part as the tough-as-nails Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 classic An Officer And A Gentleman.
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Taking a look at Watermelon Man

After making a sensation with his 1968 feature film La Permission, known in the U.S. as Story of a Three Day Pass, Melvin Van Peebles was noticed by Hollywood and was hired by Columbia Pictures to direct the 1970 satirical comedy The Watermelon Man starring the now sadly forgotten pioneering comedian Godfrey Cambridge.

Cambridge, who died unexpectedly young in 1976 at the age of 43, alone deserves a separate piece of his own one day except for now to say that he paved the way literally for every comedian working today, black or white, who owe him a huge debt of gratitude especially those, like Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes and Bill Maher, who deal with political and edgier humor. The film told the story of a bigoted white guy, played by Cambridge in whiteface, who wakes up one morning to find out he turned black. The rest of the film deals with his
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