Thursday, January 01, 1981


Kagemusha / Kagemusha - varjokenraali. JP 1980. D: Akira Kurosawa. Rialto. A great ironic historical epic
Barnens ö / Lasten saari. SE 1980. D: Kay Pollak. P.C. Jersild. Spegeln. A strong vision of urban anxiety
Elvis - That's the Way It Is / Tämä on Elvis! US 1970. D: Denis Sanders. Guitar: James Burton. When those harsh guitar chords strike Elvis it looks like he gets an electric shock and his original wild voice back.
Mon oncle d'Amérique / Amerikan setä. FR 1980. D: Alain Resnais. Astoria. An interesting experimental fiction film, with the theories of scientist Henri Laborit as the framework.
Blind Husbands. US 1919. D: Erich von Stroheim. Filmklubben / Filmhuset. A good American print. Probably the only surviving example of Stroheim unabridged.
Dressed to Kill / Tappava tunnustus. US 1980. D: Brian De Palma. Festival. Good visual eye, a skill for suspense, and nothing to say.
Foolish Wives / Järjettömiä naisia / Hupsut vaimot. US 1922. D: Erich von Stroheim. Fkl / Fh. A bad Danish print. Even more powerful than B.H., goings-on electrified by a sense of the world epoch.
TV: Hit Service. Kiss: Shandy (1980). Police: Don't Stand So Close To Me. Elvis: Love Me (Ed Sullivan Show 1956). Blondie: Atomic. The Byrds: So You Want To Be A Rock'n'Roll Star. The Shadows: Frightened City (Crackajack 1961).
La città delle donne. Röda Kvarn [3]. I felt that there were some scenes here that were not in the Italian print, and some Italian scenes missing.
TV: Hit Service. Status Quo: What's Your Proposing (1980). Fats Domino: Wait And See (Jamboree, 1957). Manfred Mann: Just Like A Woman. Sally Oldfield: Mirrors. The Vapors: Turning Japanese. McGuinness Flint: Malt And Barley Blues.
Black and Tan. US 1929. D: Dudley Murphy. tv. Duke Ellington
Bizalom / Luottamus / The Trust. HU 1979. D: István Szabó. tv. Too tired to appreciate this
TV: Dokumentärfilmens bästa. Clips: Nanook of the North (Flaherty, 1922), Chelovek s kinoapparatom (Vertov, 1929), New Earth (Ivens, 1934), Night Mail (Wright & Watt, 1936), The River (Lorentz, 1937), The City (Van Dyke & Steiner, 1939)
Hello Sister! / Walking Down Broadway. US 1933. D: nc. [Erich von Stroheim][Alfred Werker, Edwin Burke, Sol Wurtzel]. Fkl / Fst. 67 min version. Some Stroheimian touches left.
TV: Hit Service. Rod Stewart & The Faces: Maggie Mae. Olivia Newton-John: Magic (1980). Jimi Hendrix: Hey Joe. Phil Lynott & Mark Knopfler: King's Call. The Drifters: Down On The Beach Tonight.
The Merry Widow / Iloinen leski. US 1925. D: Erich von Stroheim. Fkl / Fh. A very bad print. His lightest, most fantasy-oriented, strangest. A dark fairyland.
The Wedding March / Häämarssi. US 1927. D: Erich von Stroheim. Fkl / Fh. Presented by Arthur Lennig. The print authorized by EvS with the original record music, left side of image missing because of the soundtrack added in the 1950s. The best existing print. Lennig presented the colour sequence as an extra. - His masterpiece besides Greed. The original magnificent music brings it alive with a strange sense of elevation.
Merry-Go-Round / Elämän karuselli. US 1923. D: Erich von Stroheim & Rupert Julian. Fkl / Fst. A bearable print. A blueprint for The Wedding March, also belongs to the "circus as the world" continuum with Griffith, Lubitsch, Sjöström, Dupont, Chaplin. Conventionalized by the production company.
Queen Kelly. US 1929. D: Erich von Stroheim. Gloria Swanson. Fkl / Fh. Presented by Arthur Lennig. A brilliant print. Maybe because of the brilliance of the print this stays in mind as the visually finest EvS film.
TV: Rock Pop in Concert / Rockkonsert från Wiesbaden (19.-20.12.1980). Roxy Music, Dire Straits, Talking Heads, Mike Oldfield: an hour of each.
Aus dem Leben der Marionetten / Marionettien elämästä. DE 1980. D: Ingmar Bergman. Grand. (1, 2) I was not impressed.
TV: Hit Service. Roxy Music: Oh Yeah. Gerry and the Pacemakers: Ferry Cross The Mersey (the film theme song, 1965). Ellen Foley: Stupid Girl (*). Precious Wilson: Cry To Me (*). Procol Harum: A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Schlager-Kosmorama 1967). Mott the Hoople: Roll Away The Stone.
The Roaring Twenties / Då lagen var maktlös. US 1939. D: Raoul Walsh. James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart. Fkl / Fst.
Germania anno zero / Saksa vuonna nolla. IT 1948. D: Roberto Rossellini. The ruins of Berlin.
Dr. No. Ri-Paraden [2]