Monday 10 December 2018

Talkie Talk #41 - Adam Bowen alerts to the new movies opening this week and recommends two Brit movies on TV with a special mention for composer Francis Chagrin

EXTRA! Defence of Cinephilia 2018 #3  


The Guilty – Nordic noir: a kidnapped woman, a cop, a race against time.

Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot– Gus van Sant directs Joaquín Phoenix as he discovers the healing power of art.

Black ’47– British Army soldier (James Frecheville) returns to Ireland during the Great Famine, and rebels against the poms.
Aussies abroad, James Frecheville, Hugo Weaving in
Black '47

Once Upon a Deadpool– scenes  from Deadpool 2 re-cycled, augmented and cleaned up for wholesome family viewing.

Peppermint – Jennifer Garner takes revenge on those who murdered her family, and those who freed them.

Spiderman: Into the Spidersphere – summary “unnecessary”.

3 Words to Forever– Philipino romcom.

Car Reebna Waali (aka Bhajjo Veero Ve)– Romantic Punjabi adventure.


Australian Poster, Last Holiday
Saturday 2pm 9Gem:Last Holiday (1950) is the first film adaptation of the J.B. Priestley story of a man who’s incorrectly diagnosed as having only weeks to live. Alec Guinness stars as the mild-mannered chap who decides to make the best of his remaining timeAlso starring Kay Walsh. **

Sunday 1pm 9GemSeven Days to Noon (1950) - John Boulting directed and his brother Roy produced this thriller about an atomic research professor who threatens to blow up London. The story has been copied many times since, but seldom with the subtlety of the original.

** Francis Chagrin, (above) the composer of the score for Last Holiday (1950), was born Alexander Paucker in Bucharest. After an unhappy marriage, he moved to Paris, and changed his name. He studied under Nadia Boulanger and Paul Dukas, and, in Britain became a prolific composer for films and television including The Colditz Story (1955) and Dr Who (1964). His opening and closing titles music for Last Holiday (1950) feature his “The Beggar’s Theme”, which was a popular 78rpm recording. Chagrin plays around with the theme throughout his score, to especially good effect in the finale. In the film, the on-screen violinist/beggar, playing the theme, is not an actor, but David McCallum, a one-time orchestra leader for Sir Thomas Beecham, leader of hundreds of film music recording sessions, and the father of the David who played Illya Kuryakin in the TV Series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.(1964-68).

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