NEW IN CINEMAS THIS WEEK
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
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 Killer- Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman yell at each other.
Charming – 3 animated fairytale princesses become engaged to the same Prince Charming. G rated bigamy?
ON THE TELLY
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 9Gem: Goin’ 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.
Saturday 4.15PM 9Gem: the 1948 Western, Red River, directed 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.