Sunday, 28 October 2018

Talkie Talk #35 - Adam Bowen alerts to a festival, new movies in the cinemas and John Boorman, Mae West and Howard Hawks on TV


Jewish International Film Festival Click here for the festival website

Includes Love, Gilda– a doco about the comedian Gilda Radner and includes Q&A screenings with the director, Lisa D’Apolito

In Theatres

Wildlife– Aussie Ed Oxenbould watches his (on-screen) parents’ (Carey Mulligan & Jake Gyllenhal) marriage fall apart.

Fahrenheit 11/9   Michael Moore doco examining Trump’s America.

Rampant – Biff, boozing and bed-hopping during the Qing Dynasty.

Hunter KillerGerard Butler and Gary Oldman yell at each other.

Charming – 3 animated fairytale princesses become engaged to the same Prince Charming. G rated bigamy? 


Tuesday 12pm 9Gem. After a brilliant career as a documentarist, John Boorman made his first feature, Catch Us If You Can (1965)starring The Dave Clark Five as stuntmen, Having a Wild Weekend (the American title) with Barbara Ferris. A Hard Day’s Night it ain’t, but it’s relentlessly cheerful, and kooky. Manny Wynn’s monochrome photography is both ravishing and very much of the era.

Saturday 2.45pm 9GemGoin’ to Town (1935) is one of Mae West’s lesser vehicles; a rather frenzied comedy, in which she plays a cattle baroness, who’s determined to wed a British gent (Paul Cavanagh) in Buenos Aires high society. Lots of Sammy Fain songs, plus – curiously – an aria from the Saint-Saens’ opera, Samson & Delilah, delivered straight. At that time, Mae was the highest paid woman in America.

John Wayne, Red River
Saturday 4.15PM 9Gem: the 1948 Western, Red Riverdirected by Howard Hawks, photographed (b/w) by Russel Harlan, and starring John Wayne, Montgomery Clift and Joanne Dru. It’s a sort of Mutiny on the Bounty cattle drive. Goes on a bit, but packs a punch.

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