Friday, January 01, 1982


The film of the year: Doug Lower: Merchants of Grain (CBC 1981), SC+narrator Dan Morgan, The Washington Post investigative journalist, based on his book Merchants of Grain: The Power and Profits of the Five Giant Companies at the Center of the World's Food Supply (1979)

Escape from New York / Pako New Yorkista. US 1981. D: John Carpenter. Fst. Fine art direction: Manhattan turned into a ghost town. Impressive music. But there is a quasi-fascist dimension in the picture.
Ingrid Bergman - det var så roligt så länge det varade. SE 1981. D: Gunnel Broström. tv. An interview with clips from Intermezzo, Casablanca, and Höstsonaten. Conventional.
Susan Slept Here / Susanna nukkui täällä. US 1953. D: Frank Tashlin. tv. The lethargic touch of the comedy has a distanciating effect. Narrated by the Oscar statuette of the screenwriter (Dick Powell). T. at his most indifferent.
La plus belle affiche... 1: Le Paradis perdu / Den franska stjärnparaden 1. FR 1980. D: Marie-Madeleine Nahon. tv. A great French That's Entertainment starring Maurice Chevalier, Mistinguette, Josephine Baker, Jean Gabin, Lucienne Boyer, Ray Ventura, Charles Trenet, Tino Rossi, Fernandel.
JAZZ & BLUES 3. Filmklubben / Filmstaden.
Black and Tan. US 1929. D: Dudley Murphy. Duke Ellington and the Cotton Club Orchestra. The death of the beauty.
Fats Waller. US 1941. Three pieces: Ain't Misbehaving. Honeysuckle Rose. The Joint Is Jumpin'.
Caldonia. US 1945. D: William Forest Crouch. Louis Jordan and his Tympani Five. A loose farce about making a movie.
Boy! What a Girl. US 1947. D: Arthur Leonard. Clips with Slam Stewart Trio and "Big" Sid Catletts Band.
Jivin' in Bebop. US 1947. D: Leonard Anderson. Dizzy Gillespie and His Big Band.
Andy Kirk. US 1948.
Nat King Cole Trio. US 1948.
Charlie Parker. US 1951. A clip from a tv show.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / Tri Jekyll ja Mr. Hyde. US 1932. D: Rouben Mamoulian. Fkl / Filmhuset. 16 mm. Fredric March bravura. Miriam Hopkins electrifying. The Paramount brand: an erotic touch.
Rope of Sand / Tuhoavaa hiekkaa. US 1949. D: William Dieterle. Fkl / Fst. An adventure with Casablanca influences. Burt Lancaster and Corinne Calvet backed up by Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, Peter Lorre. A Paramount touch here, too, the erotic touch has a sadistic flavour.
The Killers / Tappajat. US 1946. D: Robert Siodmak. Fkl / Fh. A convincing thriller. Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner in their double debut.
La plus belle affiche... 2: Je ne regrette rien. FR 1980. D: Marie-Madeleine Nahon. tv. Starring Chevalier, Edith Piaf, Arletty, Charles Trenet, Yves Montand, Boris Vian, Jean Ferre, George Brassens, Jacques Brel, Juliette Greco, Charles Aznavour. - In the two parts there were clips from ca 35 films and 15 tv shows.
The Incredible Shrinking Man / Mies joka kutistui. US 1956. D: Jack Arnold. Fkl / Fh. An excellent fantasy in the shadow of nuclear horror, crystallizing into the cosmic irony of the conclusion.
Terhi's videos. Bruno Bozzetto: La cabina (animation). Lotte Lenya (a couple of songs).
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: One More Mile to Go. US 1957. D: Alfred Hitchcock. There is a corpse hidden in the trunk of David Wayne's car .
Pop videos: The Pretenders live. Ultravox live. Clash: This Is Radio Clash. The Rolling Stones: Neighbors. Japan: Visions Of China. Stray Cats: Little Miss Prissy. Toni Basil: Be Stiff. David Bowie: Boys. The Simple Minds: Love Song. Human League: Love Action. Tom Petty: A Woman In Love. Duran Duran: Girls On Film. Bow Wow Wow: Chihuahua. The Troggs: I Can't Control Myself. The Beatles: Strawberry Fields Forever. Jimi Hendrix: Wild Thing. Robert Palmer: A Bad Case Of Loving You. The Motels: Days Are O.K. Dexy's Midnight Runners: I Couldn't Help It If I Tried. Devo: Whip It. Elvis Costello: A Good Year For The Roses. Altered Images: Happy Birthday. The Flying Padovanis live. Spandau Ballet: I Don't Need This Pressure On. David Bowie: Life On Mars? Police: Invisible Sun. Ultravox: Thin Wall. Pearl Harbor live. Tom Tom Club: Genius Of Love. Alabama: The Closer You Get. Spandau Ballet: Look At The Thousands Of Boys.
Jethro Tull: A. GB 1980. tv. Not impressed.
Freaks. US 1932. D: Tod Browning. Fkl / Fst. Great.
Dallas 32: Rodeo [Season 3, Episode 8]. US 1979. D: Leonard Katzman.
Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler 1: Ein Bild der Zeit. Fkl / Fst. [2] A 160 min presentation. I missed the demonic Elfers music. Speed too slow.
Frankenstein. US 1931. D: James Whale. Boris Karloff. Fkl / Fh. A low contrast print. Great.
Island of Lost Souls. US 1933. D: Erle C. Kenton. Charles Laughton. Fkl / Fst. A low contrast print. Great.
Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler 2: Inferno - Menschen der Zeit. Fkl / Fh. [2] A 120 min presentation. Too slow.
West Side Story / West Side Story. US 1961. D: Robert Wise. Jerome Robbins. Riviera. Requiem for Natalie Wood (1938-1981).
The Body Snatcher. US 1945. D: Robert Wise. Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi. Fkl / Fh. A 16mm C&C television print with low contrast night scenes. Great.
Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse / Tri Mabusen 1000 silmää. DE 1960. Fkl / Fh. "I want to be the one who pushes the button". Dawn Addams again spied on in the hotel room (see A King in New York). Lethargic, the magic is gone. The maniac has been replaced by a cool Wirtschaftswunder type.
Custer of the West / Lännen suuri taistelija. US 1966. D: Robert Siodmak. Robert Shaw. tv. I saw some 40 min of the ending: Little Big Horn.
Harper / The Moving Target / Lew Harper - yksityisetsivä. US 1965. D: Jack Smight. tv. The private eye in California, Ross McDonald country, interesting superficial quick vision on 1960s California: the fanatics of Oriental sects, the ubiquitous, unsatisfied sexuality. Paul Newman is on top of it. The crime story as a pretext to a tour of the society.
Pirveli mertskhali / Pervaja lastotshka /Den första svalan / Ensimmäinen pääskynen / The First Swallow. GE-SU 1976. D: Nana Mtshedlidze. tv. Slow-tempo Eastern films suffer on tv.
Hit (tv). George Harrison: All Those Years Ago (+). Bill Haley: Rock Around The Clock (o). The GoGos: Our Lips Are Sealed (+). Doris D And The Pins: Dance On (o). The Shadows: Frightened City (+).
Merchants of Grain. CBC 1981. D: Doug Lower. SC+narration: Dan Morgan. The most important film of the year. The investigative journalist of The Washington Post on the international grain trade.
Dallas 34: Breast Operation. US 1979. D: Irving J. Moore. tv. Barbara Bel Geddes breast is operated on.
From Here To Eternity / Täältä ikuisuuteen. US 1953. D: Fred Zinnemann. Fkl / Fh. Great.
Belle de jour. tv [2] Better than I remembered (last time 12 years ago). The carriage as the image of transition to the realm of dream and death.