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What a great sales hook — a feature film with a Bernard Herrmann music score that we hadn’t heard of. And one of the writers was Martin Scorsese, before Boxcar Bertha and Mean Streets! But wait, it isn’t as simple as that. The new release is more than a little confusing. Its own ad copy first calls this Dutch production ‘obscure,’ and not four sentences later describes it as a ‘classic exploitation film.’
Blu-ray + DVD
1969 / Color / 1:37 flat full frame (should be widescreen) / 91 min. / Bezeten – Het gat in de muur / Street Date May 9, 2017 / 34.95
Starring: Alexandra Stewart, Dieter Geissler, Tom van Beek, Donald Jones, Elisabeth Versluys, Marijke Boonstra, Vibeke, Michael Krebs, Hasmig Terveen, Fons Rademakers, Victoria Naelin, Adrian Brine, Sara Heyblom.
Film Editor: Henri Rust
Original Music: Bernard Herrmann
Produced by Pim de la Parra, »
- Glenn Erickson
An exclusive video traces from Bonnie and Clyde to Mickey and Mallory and all stops between.
One of the most tried and true tropes in all of movie history is that of lovers on the run. They can be petty thieves, master criminals, wrongfully-accused innocents, chance acquaintances, fleeing victims, or escaping wards, but whatever the impetus they are two lovers, usually young, who take to the open road to get away from whatever unforgiving lives they come from. Films about lovers on the run differ from other duos in similar situations because no matter how wicked said lovers are, the fact that they are in love always generates empathy from an audience, even if we can’t connect to the impulses or decision-making skills of the characters, we can understand their motivation to avoid capture and stay together no matter what: they’re in love. And yes, sometimes that love is an anchor and sometimes it’s »
- H. Perry Horton
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
“The Singularity” has a packed weekend with the likes of Steven Spielberg, The Matrix, 2046 and more.
Carne’s Le Quai Des Brumes plays this Saturday.
A David Lynch retrospective has begun.
Tremors and Jurassic Park have midnight showings.
The Brit New Wave is underway, while A Hard Day’s Night screens on Sunday morning. »
- Nick Newman
Silent, talking, or making — they all say something.
Talk to most people about director cameos and nearly everyone brings up Alfred Hitchcock, who slipped himself briefly into every film he made. Or maybe they’ll mention M. Night Shyamalan, who gives himself a scene with dialogue in most of his movies. While the former is done quickly and largely tongue-in-cheek, the latter is longer and more serious, more reflective of the actual filmmaker.
Standing between these extremes is Martin Scorsese, who has also popped up in a good chunk of his own films, and in both ways described above. In films like Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, New York Stories, The Color of Money, or even Michael Jackson’s Bad video, the director is a blink-and-you-miss-him element, background art, furniture; while in movies like Boxcar Bertha, Taxi Driver, or Hugo he gives himself more of a presence, even some dialogue on occasion. And »
- H. Perry Horton
4 items from 2017
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