Sunday 14 July 2019

Adam Bowen's Talkie Talk #67 - New movies, Alec Guinness, Cary Grant Rosalind Russell and Danny Kaye on TV + Vale Rip Torn and Valentina Cortese


The White Crow (2018) – biopic of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, directed by and co-starring Ralph Fiennes. For some gossip about the film’s screening at the Sydney Film Festival click here

The Lion King– again! Director Jon Favreau’s take on the furry version of Hamlet.

Armstrong– unfortunately not Louis but almost as interesting – a doco about Neil, the astronaut, narrated by Harrison Ford.

Apollo 11 – doco about that mission to land on the moon.

Ardas Karaan -Punjabi domestic drama.

Kadaram Kondan – Tamil-language thriller, set in Kuala Lumpur.

VOLVO SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL – a programme of 21 films screening in cinemas nationally. Go North! Much Scandi Noir on view including The Purity of Vengeance.


Tuesday 10.15pm Fox ClassicsRide the High Country (1962) – Director Sam Peckinpah, at his most laid-back, had his first cinema success with this wry western about two ageing, former lawmen (Joel McCrea & Randolph Scott), who chaperone a shipment of gold to a mining camp. Also features Warren Oates and Mariette Hartley.

Saturday 11am 9Gem: Number Seventeen (1932) – Early Alfred Hitchcock talkie about a jewel thief (Anne Grey), who reforms and helps the cops nab her former colleagues. Stagey until a final chase.

Saturday 12.15pm 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. 

Saturday 8.30pm Fox ClassicsCharade (1963), a stylish thriller, set in Paris, where Audrey Hepburn is being pursued by some heavies, who want the loot her murdered husband stole. Cary Grant offers to help, but is he really who he says he is? Score by Henry Mancini.

Saturday 10.30pm Fox ClassicsHis Girl Friday (1940) rapid-fire, black farce, in which newspaper editor Cary Grant, tries to woo back ace reporter, Rosalind Russell, to cover a murder case. All concerned at the top of their form.

Sunday 1pm 9GemLast Holiday (1950) is the first film adaptation of the J.B. Priestley story of a man (Alec Guiness) who’s incorrectly diagnosed as having mere weeks to live. The mild-mannered chap decides to make the best of his remaining time. Featuring Sid James and the lovely Kay Walsh. The score is by the Rumanian-born composer, Francis Chagrin.

Sunday 1.30pm Fox ClassicsThe Court Jester (1955) – a ridiculous, old-fashioned romp set in Hollywood’s Technicolor version of medieval England, starring Danny Kaye, as Hubert Hawkins, a carnival clown, who must disguise himself as the fearless Giacomo in order to help overthrow an evil prince an restore the rightful heir to the throne…Top notch cast includes Angela Lansbury; Glynis Johns, Cecil Parker, Basil Rathbone and Michael Pate. It includes the routine: “the chalice from the palace.” Recommended to kids of all ages.


Rip Torn was possibly the only actor whose first name was a consequence of his surname, but generations of males in the Torn family were nicknamed Rip. He was very experienced on stage and in film & TV, playing heroes and villains, in comedy and drama.  In the 1990s he became famous as the ghastly producer, Artie, the best character in TV’s long-running The Larry Sanders Show. Born Elmore Rual Torn in Temple Texas, in 1931, he studied animal husbandry, but thought he might make a quick buck in Hollywood. Although he became one of those hard-working, all-purpose actors who play hundreds of different screen characters, Torn was almost always memorable. His movies include Baby Doll (1956); Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) – with his then wife, Geraldine Page; The Cincinatti Kid (1965); The Tropic of Cancer (1970) - as Henry Miller; The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976); Men in Black (1997); and Dodgeball (2004).

Dir: Thorold Dickinson
Valentina Cortese was born in Milan, on New Year’s Day in 1924; and, after a high-volume career, made her final screen appearance in 1993, as a Mother Superior, in Franco Zefirelli’s mawkish Storia di una Capinera/Sparrow. Even before she finished her studies at Rome’s Academy of Dramatic Art, Cortese was gracing movies with her emotional style, warm wit and lovely green eyes. She played Fantine in the 1948, Italian version of Les Miserables, and in the following year began her brief international career,which included Jules Dassin’s Thieves’ Highway (1949); Joseph Mankiewicz’s the Barefoot Contessa (1954) and Le Amiche (1955), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. She featured in Juliet of the Spirits (1965) for Fellini, and was Oscar-nominated for her wonderful parody of an ageing movie actress in Truffaut’s Day for Night(1973). 


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