Monthly Archives: January 2016

Does “Curse of the Demon” Need the Demon?

I’ve been thinking about the proverbial knock given to producer Hal E. Chester for putting a demon into Jacques Tourneur’s “Curse of the Demon” (or to give it original British title, “Night of the Demon”). I’m not unsympathetic to the … Continue reading

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A Visit with the Zorns

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” When you ask about someone’s friends and you are told that he hasn’t any, you can expect that your ensuing visit will be an interesting one. The friendless one is Baron Friedrich Zorn and he and family … Continue reading

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Smiler’s Curse

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” It’s been years since I saw Stanley Kramer’s “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” but I think about it from time to time. Just the other day I was thinking, the film opens with a recklessly … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about noir westerns.

Initially it sounds like a contradiction in terms. Westerns are supposed to be the great American affirmation–our Everlasting Yea–whereas crime movies, many of which are also films noir,¬†are our Everlasting Nay. But there have been noir westerns–and in the 1970s … Continue reading

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Lang does Hitchcock–oops.

Truthfully I don’t know what to make of “The Secret Behind the Door.” I both love it and hate it. It can be as visually exciting as anything Lang filmed in the sound era, but it’s about twenty minutes too … Continue reading

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“Svengali” (1954)

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” Noel Langley’s 1954 color version of “Svengali” doesn’t get talked about much, and those who do mention it tend not to like it. While it won’t win any accolades from fans of the 1931 B&W version, it’s … Continue reading

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Hitchcock Truffaut, the film

Although I for one would have enjoyed hearing more excerpts from their bilingual taped interview sessions, I can’t say that I came away from the new documentary “Hitchcock Truffaut” completely disappointed. For one thing it allowed me to enjoy, albeit … Continue reading

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