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Le joli mai (1963)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 20, 2017

Le joli mai (The Merry Month of May) Directed by Chris Marker and Pierre L’Homme Written by Chris Marker and Catherine Varlin 1963/France Sofracima First viewing/Netflix rental Chris Marker and company make a beautiful documentary about a beautiful city and its people at a particular time. read more

Palm Springs Weekend (1963)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 19, 2017

Palm Springs Weekend     Directed by Norman Taurog Written by Earl Hamner Jr. 1963/USA Warner Bros. First viewing/Netflix rental I live 25 miles from Palm Springs so naturally I had to watch this sitcom of a movie. It is Easter Break in early 60’s Palm Springs.  Stephanie Powers’ fath read more

McLintock!

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 18, 2017

McLintock! Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen Written by James Edward Grant 1963/USA Batjac Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara get the sparks flying once again. G.W. McLintock (Wayne) is the richest man in the territory.  He has been living as a bachelor for read more

Contempt (1963)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 17, 2017

Contempt (Le mepris) Directed by Jean-Luc Godard Written by Jean-Luc Godard from a novel by Alberto Moravia 1963/France/Italy Rome Paris Films/Les Films Concordia/Compagnia Cinematografic Champion Repeat viewing/Netflix rental One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Meta.  Godard. Ugh. Arr read more

The Mouse on the Moon (1963)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 16, 2017

The Mouse on the Moon Directed by Richard Lester Written by Michael Pertwee from the novel by Leonard Wibberley 1963/UK Walter Shenson Films First viewing/Amazon Instant This was possibly more hilarious in 1963 than it is now. The setting is The Duchy of Grand Fenwick as introduced in 1959’ read more

The Kiss of the Vampire (1963)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 15, 2017

The Kiss of the Vampire Directed by Don Sharp Written by Anthony Hinds 1963/UK Universal International Pictures/Hammer Films First viewing/Netflix rental   Gerald Harcourt: [realizing that she has been initiated into vampirism] Oh, my God! Dr. Ravna: [officiouly] God is hardly involved, Mr. read more

8 1/2 (1963)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 14, 2017

8 1/2 Directed by Federico Fellini Written by Federico Fellini, Tulio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, and Brunello Rondi 1963/Italy/France Cineriz/Francinex Repeat viewing/Netflix rental One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die One of the few meta films that succeeds for me on every level. Director read more

Monstrosity (1963)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 13, 2017

Monstrosity (AKA The Atomic Brain) Directed by Joseph V. Mascelli Written by Vy Russell, Sue Dwiggins, and Dean Dillman Jr. 1963/USA Cinema Venture First viewing/Amazon Prime Horror meets mild titillation in this truly weird and terrible brain transplant movie. Dr. Frank’s experiments in at read more

1963

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 12, 2017

In 1963: Cleopatra, the most expensive film ever made to date, opened. It was one of the biggest flops in film history (cost-overruns made the $2 million budget become $44 million). The off-screen extra-marital affair conducted between stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) was beneficial for th read more

1962 Recap and Ten Favorite Films

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 11, 2017

I have now watched 116 films that were released in 1962.  A complete list can be found here.  It was a strong year and I had 19 films for my favorites list.   They could have been sliced and diced in any number of ways – I aimed for a balance between List and non-List films.  The  films I read more

The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 11, 2017

The Trial of Joan of Arc (Procès de Jeanne d’Arc) Directed by Robert Bresson Written by Robert Bresson from the transcript of the trial 1962/France Agnes Delahaie Productions First viewing/FilmStruck   As with many of Bresson’s films, this is slow going but beautiful. Most of the read more

Hell Is for Heroes (1962)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 10, 2017

Hell Is for Heroes Directed by Don Siegel Written by Robert Pirosh and Richard Carr 1962/USA Paramount Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental   Platoon Sgt. Bill Pike: Sounds like a court martial board. Steve McQueen is the ultimate bad boy soldier in this low-budget combat drama. Everybody i read more

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 9, 2017

Cleo from 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7) Directed by Agnes Varda Written by Agnes Varda 1962/France/Italy Cine Tamaris/Rome Paris Films Repeat viewing/Netflix rental One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die The second time around seemed much funnier than the first but just as satisfying. Cleo (Corr read more

Il Sorpasso (1962)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 7, 2017

Il Sorpasso   Directed by Dino Risi Written by Dino Risi, Ettore Scola, and Ruggero Maccarri 1962/Italy Incei Film/Sancro Film/Fair Film First viewing/Netflix rental Roberto Mariani: Yes Bruno Cortona: I fell asleep. Had a nice nap. Great director, Antonioni. I saw him in his Flaminia Zagato once read more

All Night Long (1962)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 6, 2017

All Night Long Directed by Basil Dearden Written by Nel King and Paul Jarrico 1962/UK The Rank Organization First viewing/Netflix rental   Here’s a decent version of Othello with a modern twist. The setting is the first anniversary celebration of the marriage of black jazz band leader read more

Being Two Isn’t Easy (1962)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 5, 2017

Being Two Isn’t Easy (Watashi wa nisai) Directed by Kon Ichikawa Written by Natto Wada from a novel by Michio Matsuda 1962/Japan Daiei Studios First viewing/FilmStruck   This is a totally charming movie for baby lovers everywhere. The film looks at the development of a baby boy named Taro read more

Merrill’s Marauders (1962)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 4, 2017

Merrill’s Marauders Directed by Samuel Fuller Written by Samuel Fuller and Milton Sperling 1962/USA Warner Bros./United States Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental   This may be one of Sam Fuller’s least Fuller-esque pictures. This is based on the true story of an infantry unit read more

L’Eclisse (1949)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 3, 2017

L’Eclisse Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni Written by Michelangelo Antonioni and Tonino Guerra 1962/Italy/France Cineriz/Interopa Film/Paris Film Repeat viewing/Netflix rental One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Vittoria: Funny. That’s how I feel around you. In which the read more

The Trial (1962)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 2, 2017

The Trial Directed by Orson Welles Written by Orson Welles; adapted by Pierre Cholot from the novel by Franz Kafka 1962/France/West Germany/Italy Paris-Europa Productions/Hisa-Film/Finaciaria Cinematografica Italia First viewing/Netflix rental Joseph K.: I think that’s what the court wants read more

Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 1, 2017

Mutiny on the Bounty Directed by Lewis Milestone Written by Charles Lederer from the novel by Charles Norhoff and James Norman Hall 1962/USA Arcola Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental Give me the Clark Gable-Charles Laughton version any day. The story should be familiar to most of my readers.   read more
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