just an hour to go until the rinsing on channel 4 …… excitement she wrote!!!
changed from 00:40 until 00:55
on friday night at 12:40pm on channel 4 (britain) will be the premiere broadcast of THE RINSING by Simone Smith.
i was the camera assistant on this to my very good friend Evan Goldman, who had to be flown out for the shoot.
even without seeing it, i am very proud to have been part of this team and cannot wait to see it on the box.
Noirvember day 14
one of my all time favourite films, GUN CRAZY, directed by Joseph H. Lewis, and produced by Frank King and Maurice King. The production features Peggy Cummins and John Dall in a story about the crime-spree of a gun-toting husband and wife.
The screenplay was credited to Kantor and Millard Kaufman; however, Kaufman was a front for Hollywood Ten outcast Dalton Trumbo, who considerably reworked the story into a doomed love affair.
The picture was originally slated to be released by Monogram Studios. However, the producers, King Brothers Productions, chose United Artists as the distributor. Gun Crazy enjoyed wider exposure since it was a United Artists release.
In an interview with Danny Peary, director Joseph H. Lewis revealed his instructions to actors John Dall and Peggy Cummins:
I told John, “Your cock’s never been so hard,” and I told Peggy, “You’re a female dog in heat, and you want him. But don’t let him have it in a hurry. Keep him waiting.” That’s exactly how I talked to them and I turned them loose. I didn’t have to give them more directions.
The bank heist sequence was shot entirely in one long take in Montrose, California, with no one besides the principal actors and people inside the bank alerted to the operation. This one-take shot included the sequence of driving into town to the bank, distracting and then knocking out a patrolman, and making the get-away. This was done by simulating the interior of a sedan with a stretch Cadillac with room enough to mount the camera and a jockey’s saddle for the cameraman on a greased two-by-twelve board in the back. Lewis kept it fresh by having the actors improvise their dialogue.
In 1998, Gun Crazy was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
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A brilliant series of articles called Golden Rules of MovieMaking.
- John Sayles’ Golden Rules of MovieMaking
- Gavin Hood’s 31 Golden Rules of MovieMaking
- Robert Rodriguez’s Five Golden Rules of Filmmaking
- Joe Eszterhas’ 10 Golden Rules of Screenwriting
- Seth MacFarlane’s 17 Golden Rules of Filmmaking
- Marc Forster’s Seven Golden Rules of Moviemaking
- Billy Bob Thornton’s 15 Golden Rules of Moviemaking (note: change it to 240p for sound in the embedded videos below)
- Errol Morris’ Five Golden Rules of Moviemaking
- Julie Taymor’s 10 Golden Rules of Filmmaking
- Neal McDonough’s Golden Rules of Acting
- Kevin Smith’s Seven Golden Rules of Moviemaking
- Eli Roth’s 10 Golden Rules of Moviemaking
- John Waters’ Golden Rules of Moviemaking
- Neil Jordan’s 12 Golden Rules of Moviemaking
- Gus Van Sant’s Six Golden Rules of Moviemaking
- Zack Snyder’s 10 Golden Rules of Moviemaking
- Jim Jarmusch’s 5 Golden Rules (or non-rules) of Moviemaking
- Steve Buscemi’s (Lucky) 13 Golden Rules of Moviemaking
- Danny Boyle’s 15 Golden Rules of Moviemaking
- Wim Wenders’ 50 (that’s right, 50) Golden Rules of Moviemaking
Noirvember day 13
a follow-up to The House on 92nd Street (1945), tells the story of an undercover FBI agent, Gene Cordell (Mark Stevens), who infiltrates a deadly crime gang. Cordell’s superior, FBI Inspector George A. Briggs (Lloyd Nolan), also appears in The House on 92nd Street. The movie, shot in a semidocumentary style, takes place in the Skid Row section of fictional “Central City.”
When the film was released the staff at Variety magazine wrote, “A double-barreled gangster film, The Street with No Name ranks at the top of the list of documentary-type productions which have been rolling out of the 20th-Fox lot. This pic has a lean, tough surface wrapped around a nucleus of explosive violence.
Beneath its documentary exterior there lies a straight melodrama that harks back to the great gangster films of the early 1930s…Along a continuous line of fresh details, film includes a crackerjack fight sequence between Stevens and a professional pug, a glimpse into the FBI machinery, and a slambang finale in which the cops and the hoodlums shoot it out in an industrial plant.
Noirvember day 12
starring Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn and Charles Bickford. It was directed by Jules Dassin, with a screenplay by Richard Brooks and the cinematography by William H. Daniels.
The film was among several films noir made by Dassin during the postwar period. The others were Thieves’ Highway, Night and the City and The Naked City.
The direct inspiration for the unremitting desperate violence was the recent “Battle of Alcatraz” (May 2-4, 1946) in which prisoners fought a hopeless two day battle rather than surrender in the aftermath of a failed escape attempt. The film has a number of brutal scenes including the crushing of a stool pigeon prisoner under a stamping machine and the beating of a prisoner bound to a chair by straps. Film writer Eddie Muller wrote that “the climax of Brute Force displayed the most harrowing violence ever seen in movie theaters.”
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for Noirvember, my short film experiment in neo-noir and nonlinear narratives.
'Jack has just killed his wife, Sarah. in the aftermath of the murder he frantically tries to figure out what to do next. during this we flashback to previous points in the couple's relationship, painting a picture of love, abuse and finally betrayal.'
written and directed by Alan McLean. Starring Jamie Anderson & Amy J Ludwigsen. original score by Cam Goold.
Noirvember day 11
directed by George Marshall and written by Raymond Chandler.
The film marks the third pairing of stars Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake.
Halfway through the script, Chandler became unable to write. A former alcoholic, he’d become a teetotaler for health reasons. He decided that the only way he could get inspiration to finish the script was to get drunk. Chandler had originally agreed to write the screenplay for nothing ‘as a favour’ to John Houseman, the producer, but instead asked for a case of scotch as full payment. As a result and for several weeks, Chandler drank heavily, and at the end of that time, presented the finished script.
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in keeping with the Noirvember theme, here’s my first attempt at neo-noir from 3 years ago.
Directed by Alan McLean
Year of production: 2010/11
Running Time: 8:05 min
Screenplay by Luke Aherne
Based on a story by Alan McLean
Short film about a young couple held captive in their home by a bank robber on the run.
Noirvember day 10
Praised by many critics when first released, Sunset Boulevard was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won three. It is widely accepted as a classic, often cited as one of the greatest films of American cinema.
Deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1989, Sunset Boulevard was included in the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. In 1998, it was ranked number twelve on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 best American films of the 20th century, and in 2007 it was 16th on their 10th Anniversary list.
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Noirvember day 9
based on the novel of the same name by Steve Fisher, who co-wrote the screenplay with Dwight Taylor. The film stars Betty Grable, Victor Mature and Carole Landis, and features one of Grable’s few dramatic roles.
Film critic Dennis Schwartz said This early film noir, shot in a naturalistic style, showed how dark photography can increase a brooding mood and make the film more tense … The conclusion is filled with plot twists and surprise character revelations, as the marvelously sinister performance by Laird Cregar as the sicko detective dominates the screen.”
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Noirvember day 8
directed by Edward Dmytryk, written by Harry Brown, and based on a story by Edna and Edward Anhalt. The film features Adolphe Menjou, Arthur Franz, Gerald Mohr, Marie Windsor, among others.
The film marks Dmytryk’s return from the Hollywood blacklist to directing from political exile in England and a jail term in the U.S. He was “required to direct Adolphe Menjou, one of the most virulent Red-baiters of the HUAC hearings.”
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Noirvember day 7
American psychological thriller film directed by Robert Siodmak, from a screenplay by Mel Dinelli based on Ethel Lina White’s novel Some Must Watch (1933). The novel was adapted for a radio production starring Helen Hayes before reaching the screen.
Film critic Dennis Schwartz wrote a positive film review, “Robert Siodmak directs a perfectly eerie stylish thriller a la Hitchcock, which even the master of suspense would be envious of, that is based on the novel Some Must Watch by Ethel Lina White … The talented cast is superb, knowing how to get the most suspense and shocks from such a creaky thriller. But the radiant heroine performance by Dorothy McGuire as a terrified mute, who conveys her inner thoughts without dialogue, was priceless. Siodmak created a near-masterpiece, an elegant film that can be enjoyed as one of the better ‘lady in distress’ thrillers.
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Noirvember day 6
Lucille Ball has a change of pace role as the loyal secretary of a private eye in this film noir about a man being set up for a murder rap. in the 1940’s Lucy was under contract to MGM, but was not happy with the secondary roles that she was receiving there, so after suing MGM to get out of her contract, in an effort to retaliate and punish her, they loaned her out to 20th Century Fox to make this low budget black and white movie. It was the only Fox movie that Lucy ever made.
Because of all this Lucy was not a happy camper on this set, but on camera she still gave the role her all. She is perky and energetic as the secretary who falls in love with her boss and sticks by him no matter the dark morass he falls into. But Ball hated her performance and actually suffered a nervous breakdown during filming because of the tyrannical methods of director Henry Hathaway.
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