Posts Tagged ‘Masters of Cinema’


Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder, 1953)

July 28, 2015


Greater than The Great Escape, American prisoner of war tale Stalag 17 is a darkly comic theatre adaptation from director Billy Wilder. Simultaneously fiery and farcical, it’s a fitting final third for Wilder’s 1950s hat trick that also includes Sunset Blvd and Ace in the Hole, each in their own way a cutting, cynical look at American nature…

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Youth of the Beast (Seijun Suzuki, 1963)

November 5, 2014


In 1968, Japanese director Seijun Suzuki saw his long-standing contract with the Nikkatsu studio terminated for repeatedly turning routine potboiler scripts he was given into increasingly surreal, visually uninhibited gangster movies, such as avant-garde masterworks Branded to Kill and Tokyo Drifter. 1963’s Youth of the Beast rarely reaches quite the same fantastic heights of kaleidoscopic imagery, but within it the seeds of Suzuki’s later, greater madness were sown…

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Boomerang! (Elia Kazan, 1947)

May 26, 2014


Boomerang!, from 1947, is an early example of ‘docu-noir’ – a sub-genre in which facts from a real-life incident are used as framework for exploring film noir staples like violence and corruption. The street murder of a priest opens the film and sends shockwaves through the small Connecticut town of its setting. Police are pressured to issue swift justice, and all witnesses from that night identify an antsy out-of-towner and WWII vet as the gunman…

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Wings (William A. Wellman, 1927)

January 31, 2014


Wings, one of the final big Hollywood productions of the silent era, is most famous for being the Best Picture winner at the inaugural Academy Awards, or rather the winner of what was first called ‘Best Picture, Production’ (F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise picked up ‘Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production’ the same year). A wartime melodrama of an enormous scale, whose DNA can be found in many a film that went on to win the same accolade (e.g. Gone with the Wind) and many that disastrously tried (Pearl Harbor), it contains camerawork and set pieces that still marvel today…

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Seen Your Video #28: If You Have a Creepy Abandoned Carnival I Am So Fucking On Board

November 1, 2013


On the latest episode of Seen Your Video, Chris Ward and I take close looks at Herc Harvey’s Carnival of Souls, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and Jon S. Baird’s Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth. We also discuss some recent viewings, including Prince of Darkness, Broken, Candyman, Enough Said, and Post Tenebras Lux.

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