Category: 1960s

Peter Cook Essay

Mystical Ennui: Peter Cook at a Distance

“Peter Cook was never able to bridge the distance between his personal world and his many creations, and one gets the impression that he derived a certain satisfaction from keeping people guessing.”

Judy Holliday Essay - Born Yesterday

The Irresistible Bulldozer: Judy Holliday’s Brief Comic Swing

“Holliday’s persona is one of shrewdness in the face of unrelenting condescension; she perfected the art of playing the outwardly ditzy blonde who lulls those around her into taking her lightly.”

Raymond Rea Interview - Collecting Movies

Collecting Movies with Raymond Rea

Raymond Rea Interview: Greg Carlson and the filmmaker/educator discuss movie collecting.

David Cronenberg Essay - Crimes of the Future (1970)

Death Is Not the End: Self-Destruction in the Films of David Cronenberg

“Perhaps David Cronenberg is owed another kind of reputation: that of a humanist filmmaker who observes and questions, who understands our pain and sorrow as well as our ambitions both intellectual and libidinous.”

Coach to Vienna Movie Essay - 1966Karel Kachyna Film

‘Coach to Vienna’ and the Muddied Waters of History

“The power of ‘Coach to Vienna’ today rests in its mythic quality. The crux of the story may well be placed in the ‘real,’ but the affect of the mise-en-scène is that of a murderous fable.”

LSD Cinema - Head

Reality Is a Deadly Place: LSD Cinema’s Short and Strange Trip

“Drug culture and social upheaval became inextricable on the screen in the 60s; it was a belated recognition on the part of the industry’s tastemakers that American cinema’s scrupulously maintained state of grace was no longer sustainable…”

The Sorrow and the Pity 1969 Documentary - Film Essay

Memory and Style: The Threads of a Collective Experience in Marcel Ophuls’ ‘The Sorrow and the Pity’

“‘The Sorrow and the Pity’ is surgical and functional, yet unquestionably a reflection of the imagination of an artist.”

The Flesh Eaters 1964 Movie - Film Essay

‘The Flesh Eaters’ and Early American Gore Cinema

“Jack Curtis’ 1964 feature ‘The Flesh Eaters’ deserves consideration as a lost figurehead of the gore genre, and one of its more formative efforts.”

The Story of a Three-Day Pass Movie Film

Cinema Rediscovered: ‘The Story of a Three-Day Pass’

“The cultural energy of the French New Wave is all over ‘The Story of a Three-Day Pass,’ not least because Van Peebles moved to Paris with his young family and published four novels in French as he was learning the language.”

Massacre Time Cast - Every Performer and Character in the 1966 Spaghetti Western Movie

Know the Cast: ‘Massacre Time’

‘Massacre Time’ Cast: A Vague Visages guide for every main performer and character in Lucio Fulci’s 1966 movie.

The House Is Black Movie Film

‘The House Is Black’ and The Radical Spirit of Forugh Farrokhzad

“Much like Farrokhzad’s poems, ‘The House Is Black’ pushes the viewer and its subjects to strive for some kind of freedom, whether emotional, spiritual or political.”

Monte Hellman - Wikipedia

Monte Hellman: A Master of the Language of Cinema

Author Joseph B. Atkins on Filmmaker Monte Hellman’s Life and Career

Youth of the Beast Movie

The Birth of Suzuki Action and Style: ‘Youth of the Beast’

“While Suzuki’s overly-stylized and sometimes incomprehensible films ultimately led to his termination from Nikkatsu in 1968, his legacy safely lives on in modern day Japanese cinema…”

Branded to Kill Movie Film

Catching Fire: The Inscrutable Mayhem of Seijun Suzuki’s ‘Branded to Kill’

“‘Branded to Kill’ doesn’t flow, it staggers — it moves like a dying man, shot through the gut, bleeding out.”

Branded to Kill Movie Film

I Walk Alone: Seijun Suzuki Noir

“Occupying a middle space between the classicism of Japan’s most well-known filmmakers and the politically charged avant-garde of the New Wave, Suzuki uses the trappings of noir to explore the ramifications of isolation.”

A Colt Is My Passport Movie Film

The Borders of Film Noir: Genre in Takeshi Nomura’s ‘A Colt Is My Passport’

“‘A Colt Is My Passport’ represents a supreme tension between American and Japanese Noir, and asks questions about the past and future of international cinema.”

Take Aim at the Police Van Movie Film

How Seijun Suzuki’s ‘Take Aim at the Police Van’ Subverts the Vigilante Subgenre

“A blueprint for Suzuki’s later masterpieces, ‘Take Aim at the Police Van’ is a solid cinematic vehicle full of suspense and surprises.”

Pale Flower Movie Essay - 1964 Masahiro Shinoda Film

The Last Yakuza in Tokyo: Masahiro Shinoda’s ‘Pale Flower’

“‘Pale Flower’ finds its own rhythm and mood, superimposing frictionless cool on tireless ennui, punctuating everyday boredom with an enigmatic tremble.”

Pale Flower Movie Essay - 1964 Masahiro Shinoda Film

I Love These Wicked Nights: On Masahiro Shinoda’s ‘Pale Flower’

“‘Pale Flower’ is a magnificently emblematic example of the stylization, self-consciousness and independent spirit that defined the Japanese New Wave.”

Stray Dog Movie Film

Lost: Akira Kurosawa Noir

“In Kurosawa’s noir films, characters struggle to move beyond loss — personal, financial and national — only to find that more loss awaits them.”