While the City Sleeps (1956)
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Darryl Zanuck of 20th Fox treated most writers well, was good for John Ford
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Four years after Twilight Time's initial release, this Encore Edition
You’ll be hard pressed to find a more enjoyably witty criticism of modern exploitative media tactics taken to a new extreme than Dan Gilroy’s viciously adept directorial debut, Nightcrawler. Humanity’s morbid curiosity with the grisly, disturbing, and depraved happenings in the world around us has long tainted the art of journalism and mass media, and has thus been depicted for ages already in the cinema. Gilroy’s film owes as much to Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole (1951) as it does Sidney Lumet’s Network (1976), upping the action ante with the growing Gilroy stamp (his brother directed Michael Clayton and the last Bourne film). And yet, it’s an excitingly well written dark hearted treatise with a vitriolic little statement all its own, a glorious new love letter to the seedy underside of Los Angeles,
The chronological lineup includes such classics as The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), The Three Musketeers (1948) and While the City Sleeps (1956).
And on Oct. 23 and Oct. 31, Price’s talents in the horror genre are on full display in 17 films, just in time for Halloween.
Thursday, Oct. 3
8 p.m. – The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
10 p.m. – Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Midnight – The Keys of the Kingdom (1945)
2:30 a.m. – The Three Musketeers (1948)
5:15 a.m. – The Bribe (1949)
7 a.m. – The Long Night (1947)
Thursday, Oct. 10
8 p.m. – The Baron of Arizona (1950)
9:45 p.m. – His Kind of Woman (1951)
Midnight – The Las Vegas Story (1952)
1:30 a.m. – Dangerous Mission (1954)
3 a.m. – Son of Sinbad (1955)
4:45 a.m. – Serenade (1956)
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films
Ida Lupino proves to be the wrong woman to get involved with in Private Hell 36.
Ida Lupino (High Sierra) co-wrote and stars in the classic 1954 film noir Private Hell 36, and this release marks its DVD and Blu-ray debut.
The crime drama follows desperate cop Cal Bruner (Steve Cochran, White Heat), who strays off the straight-and-narrow and falls for a hardened lounge singer (Lupino). His affections get in the way of his investigation of a robbery in which $300,000 was taken. And while his detective work leads him and his honest partner (Howard Duff, While the City Sleeps) to the key suspect and they find the cash, Cal is taken by his lady friend—who has expensive tastes—and he sets out on a path that can only lead to betrayal and murder.
Directed with grim efficiency by the
By James Montgomery
Photo: Getty Images
Cobra Starship joined forces with Fueled by Ramen in 2006, with the release of their debut disc While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets. Since then, they've fashioned a rather fascinating career as Fbr outsiders, the kind of band not averse to the occasional beard-heavy skit or "Gossip Girl"-enhanced hit.
But on Friday, they'll make nice with their Fbr mates as part of the label's 15th anniversary showcase at New York's Terminal 5 (tonight's show, featuring Paramore, will stream live on MTV.com beginning at 6:30 p.m. Et). But that doesn't mean they still don't feel a little weird about doing it.
"I know nothing else to compare it to, but, yeah, it doesn't feel like the way
While the foreign posters are often the most striking (like the French poster, above, for one of my very favorite American Langs, You Only Live Once), what many of the original American posters have going for them are their lurid taglines which up the ante of Langian doom another notch or two. Rancho Notorious: “Where anything goes ...for a price!
The movies I'm most jonesing to see this week are Fritz Lang's final two films in America, While the City Sleeps and Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. Both were produced at Rko Pictures, in black-and-white, in widescreen (SuperScope) and released just about four months apart. Even if you can get your hands on one of the old videotapes, you probably won't get a chance to see them letterboxed/widescreen. Dana Andrews stars in both, and I believe that both were produced with a "B" movie budget.
Jacques Audiard wears a hat. It's a trilby that, the 57-year-old director says, keeps him warm in the winter and cool in the summer. He was wearing it in the heat of Cannes last May when I first met him, on a blazing roof terrace; and he's wearing it again today, in London, on an autumnal Monday when I catch him smoking his pipe outside the hotel where we're due to meet.
With horn-rimmed glasses, smart jacket and a cravat, he looks a bit like an English gentleman, a
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