Sunday, 3 March 2019

Adam Bowen's Talkie Talk #49 - The week's new movies, TV highlights and Vale Andre Previn


This week's John C Reilly movie (below)
Reflections in the Dust (2018) – Australian doco about a mentally challenged clown and his blind daughter.

Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) Australian-UK-German doco about millions of crabs migrating across Christmas Island (does not include an appearance by Peter Dutton).

The Sisters Brothers – John C. Reilly and Joaquín Phoenix are assassins in 1850s Oregon. Directed and co-written by Jacques Audiard. Highly recommended by S. Kennard, our Earlwood correspondent.

Captain Marvel – Brie Larson sorts out a galactic war.

Everybody Knows/Todos lo Saben – Penélope Cruz, mother of two, attends her sister’s wedding, and murky secrets are revealed. New film by the Iranian master Ashghar Faradi.

Sink or Swim/Le Gran Bain (2018) – at the municipal baths, some middle-aged French blokes are taught synchronised swimming by a former champion (Virginie Elfira).

The House That Jack Built (2018) Lengthy Lars von Trier slasher, starring Matt Dillon and the late Bruno Ganz.

The Price of Everything (2018) – doco about the contemporary art world.

Badla – veteran Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan is a lawyer investigating a mysterious death in Scotland. Also starring Tapsee Pannu and Shah Rukh Khan.


Monday 2pm Fox Classics: Rear Window (1954) - wheelchair-bound photo-journalist, James Stewart, sits at his window, observing the activities of his neighbours in their New York apartments. He becomes convinced that Raymond Burr has committed a murder.  Grace Kelly, Stewart’s fashion-model paramour, risks her life to prove Stewart right.  Hitchcock at his best, ditto composer Franz Waxman, scriptwriter, John Michael Hayes; and Thelma Ritter.

Montgomery Clift, Olivia de Havilland, The Heiress
Wednesday 10am Fox Classics: The Heiress (1949), in 1890s NYC, wealthy, plain Olivia de Havilland is courted by fortune-hunting Montgomery Clift. She turns the tables on him. Directed by William Wyler.

Thursday 10am Fox Classics: The Maltese Falcon (1941) – excellent noir, directed by John Huston. Detective Humphrey Bogart tussles with a fascinating collection of villains (Mary Astor, Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre), who are backstabbing each other over a priceless sculpture. Wordy, but rich in sub-text and character complexity.

Thursday 11.25pm & Friday 3.15pm, Fox Classics: The Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1956) – a small town is taken over by aliens. Creepy, well directed (Don Siegel) thriller in Superscope. Not to be confused with the dull 1978 re-make.


Andre Previn (with one of many wives Mia Farrow)
André Previn (b 1929; Andreas Ludwig Priwin) was an exceptionally talented musician, whose arrangements of movie scores outshone his compositions. He won Oscars for arranging Gigi (1958); Porgy & Bess (1959); Irma La Douce (1963); and My Fair Lady (1964). André (aged 10) and his family did a bunk from his native Berlin, under the Nazi’s noses. They settled in Los Angeles. While at high school, André was arranging and composing for MGM. His first movie composition was a water ballet for On an Island With You (1949), starring Esther Williams; and his first score was for The Sun Comes Up (1949), starring Lassie. Forty more movie scores followed. He never really stopped – dividing his time between recording jazz and pop albums, composing songs and operas; and conducting symphony and philharmonic orchestras. He made excellent recordings of many of Erich Wolfgagng Korngold’s movie scores with the London Symphony Orchestra; wrote “No Minor Chords” - a witty memoir of his Hollywood Years; was much married, and will be greatly missed. 

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