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The Forgotten: Stanley Donen's "Arabesque" (1966)

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In a sense, Arabesque (1966) is a sort of warmed-over rehash of Donen's earlier Charade (1963), which was a really nifty mock-Hitchcockian comedy thriller with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. The later film stars Gregory Peck, who's no Grant, and Sophia Loren, who isn't Hepburn but is Loren—which ain't nothing.Donen was reputedly highly unhappy with the script, despite being the movie's producer, and his cinematographer Christopher Challis records him saying that their only hope was to present the story in as stylish and eccentric a manner as possible: this, for the most part, they do. (A pretty-well identical tale is told of Sidney J. Furie and The Ipcress File, and the result is similar in each case: a pop-art expressionist fairyland London in which everyone is or might be a spy or double or treble agent.)The opening scene, in which George Coulouris is murdered at the optician with poisoned eyedrops,
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The City of the Dead

This horror almost-classic has Christopher Lee and great atmosphere. Keep a sharp lookout for All Them Witches: they're not easy to spot... if you're as unobservant as Venetia Stevenson's sexy grad student. Were she studying sharks, this girl would wrap herself in fresh meat and jump into the middle of a mess of 'em. The City of the Dead Blu-ray Vci 1960 / B&W /1:78 widescreen / 78 min. / Horror Hotel / Street Date March 29, 2016 / 24.99 Starring Patricia Jessel, Dennis Lotis, Christopher Lee, Tom Naylor, Betta St. John, Venetia Stevenson, Valentine Dyall, Ann Beach, Norman Macowan. Cinematography Desmond Dickinson Production Designer John Blezard Film Editor John Pomeroy Original Music Douglas Gamley, Kenneth V. Jones Written by George Baxt from a story by Milton Subotsky Produced by Max Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky, Donald Taylor Directed by John Moxey

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Interest has been high for Vci's new The City of the Dead, a movie
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UK’s ‘Utopia’ Leads Rts Craft & Design Award Noms: Global Showbiz Briefs

UK’s ‘Utopia’ Leads Rts Craft & Design Award Noms: Global Showbiz Briefs
The Royal Television Society has announced its shortlist for the Rts Craft & Design Awards. The prizes are spread across 25 categories, recognizing the variety of skills and processes involved in program production. Among the most-nominated are Channel 4 series Utopia (not to be confused with the recently cancelled Fox show in the U.S.) in the Costume Design, Effects, Music, Production Design and Photography categories. Also up for multiple prizes is BBC Two’s Peaky Blinders in Costume Design, Make-Up and Production Design. Sherlock has mentions in Graphic Design and Photography, and Da Vinci’s Demons is noted for Effects. Winners will be announced December 1 in London at a ceremony hosted by Jennifer Saunders. A full list of nominees is here.

Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels will head the jury for the 11th Dubai International Film Festival’s Muhr Feature Competition. The Precious and The Butler helmer will head a four-person
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BAFTA to honour Alien editor Terry Rawlings

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BAFTA to honour Alien editor Terry Rawlings
Editor behind Alien, Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire and Goldeneye to receive tribute event.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that editor Terry Rawlings will be the subject of a BAFTA Tribute on Dec 7 at the organisation’s Piccadilly headquarters in London.

‘A BAFTA Tribute: Terry Rawlings’ will honour his contribution to picture and sound editing, and will celebrate a career spanning 50 years.

Nik Powell, chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, said: “Terry Rawlings is one of the great editors of both sound and picture.

“For more than half a century his work has been admired by all – not least the huge audiences who have, maybe unknowingly, experienced his influence on films like The L Shaped Room, Women in Love and Bedazzled in the 1960s, The Duellists, The Great Gatsby and The Devils in the 1970s, through to classics such as Watership Down, Alien, Chariots of Fire, Yentl, [link
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Week 208: Lord Love A Bedazzled Fortune Cookie

Let’s get funny.

On Monday, August 22, join John Landis for the trailer to Lord Love a Duck.

George Axelrod’s unclassifiable satire is one of the oddest Hollywood movies, which over the years has engendered passionate support and derision. For some it’s an incisively bizarre portrait of sixties America, for others it’s a sloppily made, undisciplined mess (with more boom mikes visible in full frame than even Play It Again Sam). However, nothing can dim the luster of the incredibly perverse scene where Tuesday Weld’s horny dad (Max Showalter) practically ejaculates while watching his sexy daughter try on sweaters.

On Wednesday, August 24, join Josh Olson for the trailer to Bedazzled.

The New Yorker called Stanley Donen’s Python-esque take on the Faust story “the intellectual’s Hellzapoppin’”. Of course that was back when people were actually familiar with Olson & Johnson’s brilliantly Brechtian, now sadly obscure comedy.
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