Monday, 3 June 2019

Adam Bowen's Talkie Talk #62 - New films including HAPPY AS LAZZARO (Alice Rohrwacher), Festival links, Hitchcock's music scores and an Ealing rarity on TV


Happy as Lazzaro (2018) – Lazzaro (Adriano Tardiolo) is an innocent, friendly compassionate young man, whose good nature is exploited by the dark forces of human nature. What chance does he have in this world?

My Big Gay Italian Wedding (2018) - a must-see for the Tasmanian senator, Eric Abetz, formerly of Stuttgart.

Red Joan (2018) – Judy Dench stars in a biopic about English-born Joan Stanley, who is recruited to spy for the KGB.

The World at Arm’s Length (2018) – doco about a man with seriously impaired hearing and vision, who is determined to walk El Camino de Santiago.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix Jean Grey’s (Sophie Turner) super-powers are corrupted. How will her super-pals (including Jennifer Lawrence) cope?

STILL IN CINEMAS: The Heiresses/Las Herederas (2018) – in Asunción, Paraguay, a middle-aged gay couple, feel the financial pinch. One goes to jail for fraud; the other becomes a taxi driver for well-heeled old ladies. If you like gently paced, immersive character studies, this comes highly recommended.

The Sydney Film Festival
05 to 16 June

includesLili, a documentary about the impact of child abandonment on three generations of women over more than half a century. Rigorous and thoroughly absorbing film-making. Highly recommended.  

The German Film Festival screening until 9thJune

Tuesday 1pm @ Fine Music 102.5 or stream it on
Hitchcock: Strangers on a Train (1951); Rear Window (1954); To Catch a Thief (1955); The Trouble with Harry (1955); The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)


Wednesday 10.15pm Fox Classics: Papillon (1973) At the turn of the 20thcentury, Frenchman, Charrière(Steve McQueen) is sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island, French Guiana. Of course, he tries to escape. It’s grim and it goes on a bit, so it’s probably best viewed in at least two sessions. Also starring Dustin Hoffmann as one of the friends Charrière makes on the island.

Saturday 11.20am 9Gem: Cage of Gold (1950) – Ealing Studios thriller, in which the main attraction is Jean Simmons, whose ne’er-do-well hubby (David Farrar) does a bunk, is declared dead, then returns to blackmail her. Also featuring my favourite villain, Herbert Lom, lurking in shadows, which are nicely exploited by Douglas Slocombe’s b/w cinematography.

Saturday 1.15pm 9Gem: Laughter in Paradise (1951) – an eccentric bequeaths a fortune, but only provided that his benefactors perform humiliating or illegal acts. Patchy comedy with some inimitable turns by Alistair Sim and Joyce Grenfell (as a police officer). Audrey Hepburn makes a brief appearance.

Saturday 7pm 9Gem: The Magnificent Seven (1960) Star-studded western about gunfighters (Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Horst Buchholz, etc), hired by Mexican peasants to rid them of a tyrant (Eli Wallach). John Sturges’ stolid direction is enlivened by the stars and by Elmer Bernstein’s score. (A re-make of The Seven Samurai). Not to be confused with the lack-lustre re-make of 2016)

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