Here's one of the most unique and exciting entries we've ever posted. Martin Scorsese directing his vision of an Alfred Hitchcock movie that was never made. Only three and a half pages of the script exist and Scorsese films them in a style that does justice to The Master - right down to Bernard Hermann's score for North by Northwest and look-a-likes for Eva Marie Saint and Leo G. Carroll...but be prepared for surprises, because as with anything relating to Hitchcock, all is not what is appears to be! To view the 9 minute film click here
Sean Connery between takes on location in Nassau for Thunderball
In a major article in The Times of London, Cinema Retro contributor Robert Sellers, author of the acclaimed book The Battle for Bond,
provides fascinating insights into the high profile legal case that
ensnared Ian Fleming and his former collaborators over the rights to
In Japan, the film was marketed as a serious thriller. (Image: www.greenbriarpictureshows.com)
After Peter Lawford fell afoul of Frank Sinatra's sentiments and was
booted from The Rat Pack, the only Sinatra crony who stood by him was
Sammy Davis Jr. Lawford, whose career never quite reached high gear,
had been battling personal demons including alcohol abuse. Eager to
booster his dwindling star status, he teamed with Davis for a late
1960s spy spoof titled Salt & Pepper. The big gag was that Lawford was Pepper and Davis was Salt. The film was successful enough to spawn a sequel, One More Time that
was directed by Jerry Lewis. Writer John McElwee of the excellent web
site Greenbriarpictureshows has an interesting look at the film
incorporated in an article about high profile screen duos. The article
contains some rare images including the soundtrack album (with great
Jack Davis artwork) and a Japanese poster that sells the movie as a
straight spy thriller. To read click here
Add the Philadelphia Daily News to the list of publications giving The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Complete DVD Collection a rave review. All 105 digitally remastered episodes on 41 DVDs, with ten hours of bonus materials...To read the review click here
The set is not available in stores. To order through Time Life and get free shipping click on the UNCLE ad in the right column.
The Dallas Morning News offers a review of the forthcoming commemorative Mustang from the classic Steve McQueen thriller Bullitt. The verdict: thumbs up, but with a few minor reservations. To read click here
British correspondent Steve Saragossi pays tribute to one of the unsung superstars of the 1970s.
The Seventies cinema was many things, the decade of the blockbuster, the disaster movie, the conspiracy thriller, and it was also the decade of the Superstar - with a capital “S”. Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Burt Reynolds, Charles Bronson – you couldn’t pick up a movie magazine without seeing that word prefixed before their names.
The word guaranteed a lot of things, certainly a green light on any film they signed their names to, as well as generally assured big box office. One thing it didn’t automatically mean was believability in a given role, a certain honesty that penetrated from screen to audience, and an acting style that easily accommodated drama, comedy, sci fi, westerns, musicals, blockbusters and stark intense character studies. One Superstar however, did manage this, and his name is James Caan.
Baptism under fire: an early role opposite John Wayne in Howard Hawks' El Dorado
Corruption as an inherited trait. Clemenza (Richard Castellano) and Al Neri (Richard Bright) pledge their loyalty to the new Godfathery, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino).
Critic Andy Young of Matchflick.com has posted an interesting article about his choices for the top ten movie endings of all time. These lists are always sure to generate controversy, but while Young ignores some of the more obvious choices (Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Citizen Kane, Psycho) his favorites are certainly all worthy of serious consideration. To read the article click here
The original soundtrack by Tito Arevalo for the 1969 cult horror film Mad Doctor of Blood Island has been issued by Elysee Productions as a limited edition of 1,000 CDs. Mastered from the original session tapes, the package also includes an 8 page collectors booklet. To order click here
Here's Agent 99 from her pre-Get Smart days. Foxy Barbara Feldon must have sent shampoo sales soaring after this commercial aired in 1964. We haven't stopped washing our hair all week! To view click here
Superman on Film,
Television, Radio and Broadway by Bruce Scivally. McFarland & Company,
Inc., Publishers; 2007.
In many ways, this is a book about a succession of
tragedies.On the surface it is a scholarly
hardback publication from author Bruce Scivally (who co-wrote the superb The James Bond Legacy and other
film-related works) and it’s a welcome, informative addition to the vast amount
of available Superman literature.While
there is plenty of material out there on the Superman comics and the character
himself, there has never been much written about the Man of Steel’s films and
even less on the character’s appearances on television, on the radio, and his
one-time attempt at a Broadway musical.
Scivally spends a brief early part
of the book on the comics’ Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and how they created a
legend… and lost it.For me, the first
true tragedy of the Superman saga lies in the story behind these two men, for
they were treated with disdain and received no appreciation from the corporations
and entertainment business that eventually made millions off of their
character.Much of this tale has been
recounted elsewhere, so Scivally quickly moves on to the meat of the
book—Superman’s evolution from comics to a radio program, the Columbia serials
in theaters, and the television series (which enveloped yet another tragedy in
actor George Reeves, who may or may not have committed suicide in the late
fifties).Does anyone remember the
unsuccessful Broadway Superman musical from the sixties?It was called It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman!, and the author
enlightens the reader with its tales of woe.After covering the Saturday morning cartoons, Scivally recounts the
successful blockbuster motion pictures starring Christopher Reeve in
fascinating detail, treating the reader to the sometimes ugly machinations
behind such Hollywood productions.And, of course, Reeve’s story ends in tragedy
as well.The book ends with somewhat
happier tales of Superman’s return to television—Lois and Clark and Smallville.
This is a terrific book and a must-have for anyone remotely
interested in Superman and his life beyond the comics.There is one problem though, and it’s not the
author’s fault.McFarland, the
publisher, considers its books to be “textbooks”; thus, the retail prices are
frightening.This thin, 240-page book
with no color illustrations costs $49.95.I’m not sure how McFarland expects to sell this book to the fan
community and I suspect they’re shooting themselves in the feet by charging so
much.While it may be a “textbook,” and
a good one at that, sadly it’s not being appropriately marketed to its primary
MGM will release a boxed set of DVDs containing four major films from acclaimed director John Frankenheimer. The set includes the DVD debut of The Young Savages which marked Frankenheimer's first collaboration with Burt Lancaster. They would go on to make a number of critically-praised films together including The Train, which is also included in the set. The collection will be released January 22nd.
Here is the official MGM press release:
INNOVATIVE CAMERA ANGLES, CAPTIVATING CAR CHASES AND SOCIALLY RELEVANT STATEMENTS CHARACTERIZE ONE OF CINEMA’S FINEST
THE JOHN FRANKENHEIMER COLLECTION
Young Savages, The Manchurian Candidate, The Train and Ronin
Four Eclectic United Artists Films From The Celebrated Director
Available Together On DVD January 22
LOS ANGELES – From Burt Lancaster and Frank Sinatra to Robert De Niro, director John Frankenheimer has guided the acting powerhouses of Hollywood and his views on important social issues, philosophical topics and the use of unusual camera angles and blocking techniques made him one of the most celebrated filmmakers in cinema history. MGM Home Entertainment brings together four films that illuminate the vision of a cinematic genius when The John Frankenheimer Collection arrives on DVD January 22, 2008, highlighting the director’s renowned career.
Part of the United Artists family, The John Frankenheimer Collection is being released as part of a larger United Artists 90th Anniversary campaign, an 18-month global celebration that honors the films, directors, actors and music that represent the studio’s rich filmmaking heritage leading up to the 90th anniversary of the studio in 2009.
The best of Frankenheimer is showcased in the collection including the 1961 film The Young Savages, a film that first teamed him with Burt Lancaster (Zulu Dawn, The Island of Dr. Moreau) and is the story of a young boy murdered by a New York gang along with the 1965 film, The Train, a World War II action-drama set in the final days of Nazi occupied Paris, which once again teams Frankenheimer with Lancaster and earned an Oscar® nomination for its script.
Also included in the gift set is Frankenheimer’s most iconic film, The Manchurian Candidate, starring the legendary performer Frank Sinatra (Kings Go Forth, Guys and Dolls) in the story of a Korean War veteran brainwashed by the Chinese government in a plot to assassinate the presidential candidate. Rounding out the collection is Ronin, the espionage thriller starring Robert De Niro (Stardust, The Good Shepherd) and featuring Frankenheimer’s trademark elaborate car chases.
The John Frankenheimer Collection will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.98 U.S./$45.98 Canada.
Based on Evan Hunter’s bestseller “A Matter of Conviction,” The Young Savages is set in an East Harlem mired in racial tension and gang violence. While prosecuting the three Italian teens who murdered Robert Escalante (Jose Perez), a blind 15-year-old blind Puerto Rican from a rival gang, Assistant D.A. Hank Bell (Burt Lancaster) learns that there’s more to this case than meets the eye. Also starring Dina Merrill, Edward Andrews, Telly Savalas and Vivian Nathan, The Young Savages is a gritty film replete with “genuine suspense, continual action and brutality" (Los Angeles Examiner).
Paris, August 1944. With the Allied army closing in, German commander and art fanatic Colonel von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) steals a vast collection of rare French paintings and loads them onto a train bound for Berlin. But when a beloved French patriot is murdered while trying to sabotage von Waldheim's scheme, Labiche (Burt Lancaster), a stalwart member of the Resistance, vows to stop the train at any cost. Calling upon his vast arsenal of skills, Labiche unleashes a torrent of devastation and destruction loosened rails, shattered tracks and head-on collisions in an impassioned, suspense-filled quest for justice, retribution and revenge. Inspired by an actual event and highlighted by spectacular stunt work and visual effects, The Train is "an edge-of-your-seat, thrilling, suspenseful and superior film"(The Motion Picture)
Presented in black and white with feature length audio commentary by director John Frankenheimer and a music only track highlighting Maurice Jarre’s score.
The Manchurian Candidate
Eerie, shocking, daring, thrilling and mesmerizing, The Manchurian Candidate will leave you breathless (People)! Featuring an all-star cast, including Angela Lansbury in an Oscar(r)-nominated performance, this chilling and controversial (Leonard Maltin) film may be the most sophisticated political satire ever made (Pauline Kael). When a platoon of Korean War G.I.s is captured, they somehow end up at a ladies garden club party. Or do they? Major Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) can't remember. As he searches for the answer, he discovers threads of a diabolical plot orchestrated by the utterly ruthless Mrs. Iselin (Lansbury) and involving her war hero son (Laurence Harvey), her senator husband (James Gregory) and a secret cabal of enemy leaders.
In a world where loyalties are easily abandoned and allegiances can be bought, a new and deadlier terrorist threat has emerged free agent killers! Featuring "high-octane action" (Gene Shalit, "Today"), a "first-rate cast" (L.A. Daily News) and exhilarating car chases that "are nothing short of sensational" (The New York Times), Ronin is "the real deal in action fireworks" (Rolling Stone) directed by "a master of intelligent thrillers" (Roger Ebert). The Cold War may be over, but a new world order keeps a group of covert mercenaries employed by the highest bidder. These operatives, known as "Ronin," are assembled in France by a mysterious client for a seemingly routine mission: steal a top-secret briefcase. But the simple task soon proves explosive as other underworld organizations vie for the same prize...and to get the job done, the members of Ronin must do something they've never done before trust each other!
Rich in history and devoted to creating powerful, quality films, United Artists (UA) was formed in 1919 by Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith to encourage progressive filmmaking, giving each star the authority and autonomy to create the films about which they were most passionate. The studio responsible for creating some of the finest films of all time including iconic film franchises ROCKY, PINK PANTHER and JAMES BOND and critically-acclaimed and award-winning features RAGING BULL, SOME LIKE IT HOT, WEST SIDE STORY, ANNIE HALL, MIDNIGHT COWBOY and RAIN MAN, contains a library of nearly 1,000 feature films and boasts more than 80 Academy Award®-winning classics.
Just to say a huge thanks to you for sending the Man From U.N.C.L.E. DVD set-I have had it
about a week now and am slowly watching through its many treasures ! It is a
great service you are providing U.N.C.L.E. fans in the UK who would not otherwise be
able to get this set so thanks again-it is much appreciated.Great issue 10 of
Cinema Retro, too !
Best wishes for the New Year
Cinema Retro responds: Thanks, Mark. Quite a number of our UK subscribers have taken us up on our offer to order and ship the U.N.C.L.E. DVD sets to them. We hope that someday the sets will be available there for sale, but it doesn't appear likely in the short run. As a reminder, if you are a UK-based subscriber to our magazine, we will order and ship the DVD collection to you. See the entry in our U.N.C.L.E. HQ section for details or write to us at email@example.com Please note: this offer is only extended to subscribers to the print edition of Cinema Retro. U.S. fans can order the set from Time Life through our link in the right column. Order through this link to get free shipping!
Author Matt Stone was given access to the Steve McQueen family photo archives for his new book McQueen's Machines
- an indepth look at The King of Cool's obsession with motorcycles and
sports cars. The book is a gold mine of rare photos showing McQueen
working on and driving his favorite vehicles. Steve McQueen's son
provides the introduction.
Michael Kidd (soldier on the right) with Dan Daily and Gene Kelly in the 1955 film It's Always Fair Weather.
Michael Kidd, one of stage and screen's most legendary choreographers, died Sunday at age 92. Kidd won five Tony awards during his illustrious career and choreographed such stage hits as Finian's Rainbow and Guys and Dolls. His choreography of the dance numbers in the screen version of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers still represents the gold standard of Hollywood musicals. Kidd, who received an honorary Oscar in 1997, also acted on occasion including appearing in the 1975 cult film classic Smile. Other films he choreographed include the Fred Astaire classic The Band Wagon, Hello Dolly and Star!
Musician Rick E. Coen's unrequited love for British actress Judy Geeson, star of numerous hit films of the 1960s and 1970s has resulted in an original music video titled Falling Again. The good news is it's not geeky and the song is pretty good. To view on You Tube click here.
Chuck Norris is cruising to give author Ian Spector a bruising- at least in the courtroom. (Hey, wasn't this the photo on Chuck's Christmas card last year?)
Chuck Norris is sure in the news a lot lately. He's now suing author Ian Spector in an attempt to get his new book The Truth About Chuck Norris withdrawn from distribution. Norris' lawsuit also lists Penguin publishers as co-defendants. At first glance, it might seem that the martial arts icon is being a bit thin-skinned. Spector's book is an obvious farce that centers on web-based Paul Bunyan-like tall tales relating to his image as a seemingly invincible action star. Among the witticisms found in the book:
• Chuck Norris can charge a cell phone by rubbing it against his beard. • When an episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger” aired in France, the French surrendered to Chuck Norris just to be on the safe side. • Chuck Norris was the first person to tame a dinosaur. • Chuck Norris once visited The Virgin Islands. Afterward, they were renamed The Islands. • Every piece of furniture in Chuck Norris’s house is a Total Gym.
Aside from these harmless yucks that only enhance Norris' tough guy image, there are others to be found on a web site run by Spector at www.chucknorrisfacts.com These play up the violent nature of his persona and imply he's an out-of-control killing machine. Still, anyone with an I.Q. higher than their shirt size would recognize these as purely tongue-in-cheek, affectionate tributes to Norris. Indeed, Norris has apparently tolerated all of this until publication of Spector's book. As with many celebrities, they are often happy to look the other way in terms of how their image is used on fan web sites, but the line is crossed when it becomes a commercial venture.
Norris' suit states that Spector's suit implies he has a friendly relationship with the author (they apparently met at some point in the past). Spector also insinuates that he had Norris' approval for the book, with his thanks to the actor "for playing along." Norris contends he has nothing to do with the book and never granted such approval. He maintains that many of the "legends" presented therein imply he is a violent wild man with a racist streak. A look at Spector's web site shows some curious aspects: there are T shirts bearing Norris' image that are for sale and some of the "legends" on the site are termed "Chuck's Favorites: Picked by the Man Himself!" There are also links to Norris' official web site at www.chucknorris.com and to his autobiography. The clear implication is that Norris is a participant in the site. Spector's site is devoid of any background information about who runs it or how to contact them - an oddity, given the fact that the site implies Norris approves of the concept.
Norris' suit claims damages to his reputation and seeks to get the book withdrawn from distribution. The book has been selling remarkably well and as of this date, ranks #376 on Amazon. According to Norris' suit, he had advised Penguin in advance that he had not authorized the book and advised them not to publish it. Penguin did so anyway, which brings up the cloudy legal area of books pertaining to celebrities. Anyone can author a book pertaining to a public figure, and as long as it isn't libelous, there is little the celebrity can do about it. However, if a celebrity's image is used in a way that might be deceptive or harmful to their reputation, then they may have legal recourse. Spector's book clearly implies Norris approved of it, based on meetings the author claimed to have had in the past with the action star. Whether Spector has a legitimate point or whether he interpreted some casual meetings with Norris as an indication of an actual friendship, remains to be seen. As of today, Penguin has not responded to the suit.
Norris has been in the headlines recently for filming a tongue-in-cheek political endorsement ad for Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Opponents scoffed when they saw the ad saying it was goofy and embarrassing, but in the weeks since it was released, Huckabee has vaulted from "also ran" status to being the frontrunner in the Iowa caucuses. Coincidence? Hmmm, never underestimate the power of Chuck Norris. Ironically, this anecdote would have made a good entry in Spector's book!
In the meantime, you can get your copy of The Truth About Chuck Norris from The Cinema Retro Amazon Book and Movie store by clicking here. Who knows? If Norris prevails, it might become a collector's item- Lee Pfeiffer
The legendary Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune died ten years ago today. Writer Jonathan Lapper pays tribute to this magnificent icon of the international cinema - and bemoans the fact that he is yet another great star who never received Oscar recognition. To read click here
"'ello, G'uvnor!" His British accent may have left something to be desired, but Dick Van Dyke proved to be an immensely popular leading man in Disney's classic "Mary Poppins". This 1965 edition of the UK film magazine Showtime made Van Dyke their man of the month.
Sir Roger's personal favorite: The Spy Who Loved Me with Barbara Bach
In a new interview, Sir Roger Moore has abandoned his long-held policy of not commenting on other actors who have played James Bond. Sir Roger is firmly in the court of new screen 007 Daniel Craig and compliments not only his acting abilities, but his athletic prowess as well. As for his favorite film among his own Bonds, Sir Roger votes for The Spy Who Loved Me - a sentiment that seems to be shared by most fans. He says, "I think 'The Spy Who Loved Me' was the best, or rather the one I
enjoyed doing the most. It had great locations. And I was
exceedingly happy working with Lewis Gilbert, the director.We share the same sense of humor. I think it had the right balance of fun and suspense." Concerning his worst Bond film, Sir Roger's penchant for self-deprecating humor remains intact. He cites his last entry in the series, A View to a Kill, made when he was 58 years old. Of the experience, he says, "I was only about 400 years too old for the part!" For more click here
Screen Archives Entertainment has released an exciting double-bill soundtrack CD consisting of the original scores for Klute and All the President's Men. Here are the official release details:
Two of the best scores of the 1970s come to CD at last: Klute by Michael Small and All the President's Men
by David Shire. Both films were produced by Warner Bros. and directed
by Alan J. Pakula -- the respective films, and scores, are among the
most lauded of the decade.
Klute (1971) starred Jane Fonda (in an Oscar-winning
performance) as a New York call girl being terrorized by a sadistic
ex-client, with Donald Sutherland as the private detective (the title
character) looking for a friend whose disappearance may be related.
Part neo-film noir, part sophisticated, adult drama, the film is a
fantastic character study as well as a gripping thriller, modern
feminist classic and a fascinating journey through the New York City of
the sexual revolution.
Klute's score by Michael Small -- his first Hollywood
assignment -- was groundbreaking in its use of an avant garde chamber
orchestra (piano, percussion and voice -- a creepy female "siren song")
compared to symphonic or jazz approaches of the past. Such a style had
never been used in a Hollywood thriller and it was an instant hit,
leading to Small scoring other '70s classics like The Parallax View and Marathon Man. The score also includes a melancholy "pop" love theme for trumpet and eclectic source cues for the 1970s urban setting.
All the President's Men (1976) was the brilliant film adaptation of the book by Washington Post
journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, chronicling their historic
investigation into Watergate and President Nixon. Robert Redford and
Dustin Hoffman played the reporters in one of the best films about
journalism and politics ever made -- a crackling true-life mystery with
In the mid-1970s, no composer was as renowned as David Shire for
finding exquisitely subtle musical solutions for demanding and unique
films like The Conversation, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Farewell, My Lovely and The Hindenburg. When Shire was first screened All the President's Men,
he asked if the film needed any music at all, but director Pakula
suggested that music could remind audiences of the "human heart"
beating in the characters. Shire crafted a brief and understated score
that never sacrificed melody or musicality, with a memorable theme
speaking of the journalists' resolve to untangle the mystery.
Klute has circulated for many years as a "promotional" or
bootleg LP from which numerous unauthorized copies have been made; the
original soundtrack to All the President's Men has never been
released. This definitive CD features both scores remixed from the
16-track master elements for optimal stereo sound quality. Liner notes
are by Kyle Renick.
Cinema Retro's Dave Worrall sat down to enjoy the recent UK TV special on great disaster movies - and found that the real disaster was in the choice of reel disasters!
When I hear
the words “disaster movie” I automatically think of erupting volcanoes, tidal
waves, burning buildings, sinking ships and crashing airliners. Doesn’t
everyone? Well, apparently not.
I watched ‘The Greatest Ever Disaster Movies’, which aired on Channel 5.
Running almost three hours, the programme showed clips from forty films – all
voted for by members of the British public and shown in descending order.
‘Disaster Movie’ was coined in the early 70’s following the success of The Poseidon Adventure, and this spawned
a plethora of films featuring a storyline that concentrated on either a catastrophe
caused by nature, or an act of human error.Films like Krakatoa East of Java,
Earthquake, The Towering Inferno, etc, etc, spring to mind – but that’s not
the case with today’s audiences. No, they pick Die Hard, Predator, Con Air and Speed!
What? Now, whilst I actually think those latter films are good – excellent, in
fact – they are not ‘disaster movies’ but merely superb action films. I found
it hard to believe that a film like Twister,
which is a ‘disaster movie’, and a
bloody good one too, didn’t make the ‘Top Ten’ but Predator, which is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy film, did! Likewise, where was Rollercoaster – another original
Dean Martin and Jacqueline Bisset in Airport: one of the many obvious choices ignored in viewer's votes for the greatest disaster films.
programme, which was interspersed with interviews with TV critics, film
historians and actors, did at least include many of the older classics but I
have to admit that whilst we thought it good in its day, Earthquake hasn’t stood the test of time – but at least it was a proper ‘disaster movie’. However, it was
nostalgic to see the likes of George Kennedy, Jacqueline Bissett and Robert
Vaughn being interviewed, and at least two Seventies ‘classics’ made it into
the ‘Top Ten’ (see chart below).
The landmark British film A Night to Remember didn't make the cut - nor did the Oscar-winning 1997 Titanic. However, airheads used the air time on their mobile phones to insure the monster movie Predator somehow made the list!
forget that the whole premise behind this genre was to take a B-movie storyline
and fill it with A-list actors who are put in precarious situations, and
guaranteed to die. That was the fun of it all. Today, if you are lucky, a big
event film has just one, maybe two major stars playing the lead roles. Gone are
the days of a major cast line-up. Then again, there are not enough ‘major’
stars left in the world to achieve this – and if there were, the studios
couldn’t afford their extortionate fees anyway!
Irwin Allen's blockbuster The Towering Inferno was one of the only justifiable winners - perhaps only because one of the film's stars, Robert Vaughn, participated in the TV special.
enough of my ‘grumpy old man’ moaning - here are the top ten entries voted by
7: War of
the Worlds (Cruise version).
6: Con Air.
5: The Day
forgot to mention that the programme was sponsored by Play.Com, an internet
company specializing in selling DVDs by mail order, and oddly enough all forty
films chosen are available on DVD. What a coincidence, especially as the film’s
sleeve was shown next to the number it had been voted for!
As originally envisioned, Paul Newman would have played the Sundance Kid and his co-star would have been either Steve McQueen, Warren Beatty or Marlon Brando.
With the recent death of legendary Hollywood agent Freddie Fields, the motion picture industry lost yet another larger-than-life figure. Writer David Rensin had been collaborating with Fields on his autobiography - a work that, sadly, will never be finished. In reading Rensin's account of his friendship with Fields and the realization that, with his passing, many great anecdotes will never be told, I immediately saw parallels with the mission of Cinema Retro. Through our interviews and essay, we provide a vital voice to many talented actors and filmmakers who are largely ignored by a mainstream media obsessed with air-headed, self-destructive starlets. We contacted David Rensin, who is a prolific author of numerous successful books, and he kindly encouraged us to share his recollections with our readers through linking to his blog. Not only does it provide personal memories of the extraordinary Freddie Fields, but there is also a fascinating account of how Fields figured in the complex negotiations to bring Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to the screen. It's an amusing tale that involves an eclectic group of stuperstars ranging from Steve McQueen to Warren Beatty and Marlon Brando.- Lee Pfeiffer
One of the qualities that makes Cinema Retro unique is our dedication to making movie fans aware of niche market DVDs and books they might not otherwise be aware of. As regular readers know, publishers Dave Worrall and Lee Pfeiffer recently finished a major book about the making of John Wayne's epic The Alamo for Sundown Entertainment publishers. In the course of our research, we became aware of the good folks at Playset Magazine, a publication dedicated to the toy soldier playsets baby boomers cherished as kids. Turns out that the magazine's publisher Rusty Kern and his wife Kathy were in the process of putting the finishing touches on a unique DVD titled At the Alamo that examines the film versions of the famous battle through the most unusual angles imagineable. This is a wonderfully wacky hodgepodge of a project that incorporates recreations of the battle through elaborate dioramas featuring the original Marx playsets from the 1960s, an interesting history of the phenomenally popular Walt Disney TV series (including a recent exclusive interview with Fess Parker), coverage of the Wayne version of the film and a tour of the movie's sets that still stand in Brackettville, Texas, a visit to the actual Alamo shrine in San Antonio - and if that isn't enough- hand's on advice about how to build your own Alamo diorama. The only thing the Kerns left out is the kitchen sink.
Playset Magazine publisher Rusty Kern serves as the able guide through all things Alamo
As bizarre as the DVD sounds, it's completely engrossing from beginning to end. Rusty Kern makes an amiable and knowledgable guide - and unlike some of the big name TV talk show hosts, he knows how to ask a question then shut up and let the subject answer. For a homegrown, low budget project, the DVD boasts good production values including skillfull editing and fine use of composer Mike Boldt's rendition of Dimitri Tiomkin's classic score for the Wayne movie. It's a truly great way to - well, "Remember the Alamo!" This is one of the most creative and enjoyable DVDs of the year.
has recently released a newly mastered,
letterboxed edition of one of my all time favorites, the one , the only, the
original, Walking Tall.This film was the sleeper hit of 1973,
playing for months (remember when
films would have a long theater run?) and utilizing various ad campaigns to
appeal to every possible audience.. Note the two ad campaigns accompanying this
article; one points to the dramatic qualities of the film; the other its violent content.
There was even a campaign, at the end of the run that played up the aspect of
Buford’s deputy Obra to sell it as a Blaxploitation films!
this ad campaign appealed to traditional action-oriented audiences...
To summarize for those who may not remember or haven’t had
the chance to view this 70’s classic; Buford Pusser (Joe Don Baker) returns to
his rural southern home with his family to start a new life and leave his
career as a wrestler behind him. He finds that the county isn’t the same: it’s
now overrun with bootleggers, gambling, prostitution and corruption.Rallying locals who are equally disgusted by
these developments, Pusser gets elected sheriff. Soon he and his family and
friends are subject to threats and violent attacks. Pusser finds himself
virtually alone in a seemingly Quixotic battle to maintain law and justice.
Whereas this was a ‘inspired by true life events’ story, the original Bufford
Pusser did act as an advisor throughout the entire production. The film spawned
several sequels and a remake starring The Rock. Sadly, the real life Pusser did
not live to see any of them. He died in a car accident that many consider suspicious
before the first sequel went into production.
...while this ad campaign sold Walking Tall as a family film.
Walking Tall is
not a major Hollywood production and benefits greatly in that it was filmed in Tennessee. The movie had been shot full frame with the
intention of being projected in a letterboxed format, masking the top and
bottom.Showings on ABC & TBS (in
heavily edited form), rental prints in 16mm, VHS & Rhino DVD releases have
all utilized a full frame transfer, showing boom mics and lights. The new transfer corrects these flaws. Not
only is the pre-print material in great shape but hides what was certainly not
originally intended to be seen.
Our only regret with this release is that there are no bonus
features, not even a trailer, However, the film’s power makes it a recommended
buy, especially at its very reasonable retail price. Now if only Paramount issues a
complete box set that includes the official sequels…the life & legend of
Bufford Pusser are certainly worth documenting.- Bill Duelly
Cinema Retro is happy to welcome London film
journalist Steve Saragossi to the ranks of our contributors. Steve's
first column covers the cult classic Crack in the World.
As a 46 year old Londoner, writing in these
pages, you can appreciate that I have extremely fond memories of the films that
helped form the foundation for such affectionate nostalgia for the movies of
the sixties and seventies.
The last thirty years have seen seismic (ahem) changes in the way we enjoy our
leisure time, and a 13 year old in 1974 and one in 2006 would probably not
recognise each other as coming from the same planet. Back then, it was simple,
you played outside or you watched what BBC’s 1, 2 and ITV had to offer. Looking
back in hindsight, there’s something reassuring about that lack of choice. For
instance, it made you see films you normally wouldn’t have bothered with, it engendered
patience, as you couldn’t fast forward or pause. There was there was the
excitement of looking forward to something - no instant gratification here! Also,
there was an almost subconscious reassurance, something now known as a
water-cooler moment, in that when I sat down to watch, say, “Batman”, I knew
that all my mates were glued to their Rediffusions at the same time, perhaps
more a water-fountain moment.
Original French poster for Crack in the World
Also, our viewing habits have fundamentally
changed. Prior to the seventies, we watched a wide array of programming,
because there wasn’t a plethora of channels to entice you away, hell there
wasn’t even a remote control. You could (because there was no choice) sit down
and watch a variety programme, a documentary about WWII, a film you’d never
heard of, a comedy sketch show, and a new drama. All this would unfurl before
you, and you’d just soak it up, some good, some bad, some revelatory. But because
of the available technology attentions spans were trained to give things a
Rare behind the scenes still from The Magnificent Seven. Steve McQueen shows off his fast draw technique to James Coburn, Horst Buchholz and Yul Brynner, while Brad Dexter (left) seems notably unimpressed.
He's the Whistler's Father of The Magnificent Seven - the overlooked guy whose name most people can't come up with in trivia contests relating to the film. The average movie fan knows the names of the most prominent six members of the Seven: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz - but can never seem to remember who "the other guy" was. His name was Brad Dexter, and although he acquitted himself very well as Harry, the member of the Seven who died convinced there was a hidden cache of gold in the poor Mexican village, Dexter's career as an actor never went beyond the middling stage. He was far more successful as a producer. For a fascinating article about his life and career, read Guy Rocha's article in The Reno Gazette-Journal by clicking here
“JEROME BIXBY’S THE
MAN FROM EARTH”(Directed by Richard
Schenkman.2007, Starz Home
Longtime James Bond fans may recognize the name Richard
Schenkman, the director of this marvelous, thought-provoking independent
science fiction drama.During the 1980s,
Schenkman was the president of the James Bond 007 Fan Club (based in the USA) and
publisher of its fanzine, Bondage.Since that time, Schenkman has escaped from
Bondage to become a first rate Hollywood
and independent film director.After a
few years at MTV, Schenkman made a few small budget indies that received
critical acclaim, if not blockbuster box-office (including The Pompatus of Love, Went to
Coney Island on a Mission for God…Be Back by Five) and the hit TV-movie and
perennial holiday feature, A Diva’s
Schenkman’s latest film was written by the late, legendary
science fiction writer Jerome Bixby (who wrote episodes for Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, among others).This posthumous production was spearheaded by Bixby’s son, Emerson.The story concerns a small group of friends
who have come to say goodbye to John Oldman (portrayed by CSI: Miami’s David Lee Smith), who is moving house for mysterious
reasons.In a moment of possible
recklessness—or is it premeditated?—Oldman reveals to his friends that he is
thousands of years old.In fact, he says
he was a Cro-Magnon man and has somehow never aged or died.He has simply re-invented himself decade
after decade, century after century, eon after eon—to fit in with progressing
societies.At first, his friends think
Oldman (get it?—“Oldman”) is pulling their legs, but as the day turns into
night, Oldman presents startling and convincing evidence of his claim.
The script is more like a stage play than a film—in fact, The Man from Earth would probably make
an excellent stage play—and there’s a lot of talking, no special effects, and
no action (except for a short struggle between a couple of characters)—but the
film is nonetheless engrossing and suspenseful.Schenkman doesn’t need to “open up” the story—it’s all there in Bixby’s
well-crafted script.By the time the
final, shocking revelation is made, Schenkman and his cast have the audience
well in hand.I would go so far as to
say it’s one of the most intelligent
and profound science fiction dramas
that we’ve seen in a long, long time.
Smith is very good as Oldman, and the rest of the cast shine
as well (John Billingsley, Ellen Crawford, William Katt, Annika Peterson,
Richard Riehle, Alexis Thorpe, and Tony Todd).But the true star of the piece is Bixby—and the film is a last testament
to a great writer’s career.Highly
recommended.- Raymond Benson
We came across this nicely done video tribute on You Tube. The person who created it did so for the Coburn family after Jim's death. It only reminds you of the great loss the film industry suffered when Coburn passed away. He was one of those actors who was often taken for granted and whose talents were drastically underused for many years. Happily, at the end of his life, he experienced a major renaissance in his career and won an Oscar for his superb performance in Affliction. To view click here
Exclusive Cinema Retro photo from behind the scenes of Beyond the Rave
The newly-revived Hammer Films will release their long-awaited first motion picture since the late 1970s. Beyond the Rave
is a contemporary horror film set in the world of England's rave clubs.
The story concerns a soldier's desperate quest to locate his missing
girlfriend before he must fly off to Iraq. The script involves
vampires, an old staple of the early horror films. What is most unusual
is that the movie will "premiere" in 20 minute web episodes on
www.myspacetv.com The film, which has apparently been completed on a
very low budget, will also be available in its entirety on DVD and
through downloads. The cast consists of virtual unknowns. Hammer fans,
who have been waiting impatiently for the studio's long-discussed
revival, are going to be difficult to please with this approach. Many
had hoped that the company would secure adequate funding to make a
major film - possibly a Victorian-era horror movie similar to those
titles for which Hammer became legendary. Whether the new venture
produces a Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee for this generation remains
to be seen.
(For Cinema Retro's exclusive behind the scenes coverage of Beyond the Raveclick here)
More than a thousand friends, family and fans of legendary stunt driver
Bud Ekins packed a memorial service that was held at Warner Brothers
studios. A short documentary about Ekins was shown. Ekins performed
stunts in numerous films, most notably doubling for Steve McQueen in
the famed motorcycle leap in The Great Escape. Among those speaking at the service was Neile Adams, McQueen's first wife. For more click here
Here's an insightful and highly amusing list of reasons to see Woody Allen's 1979 classic love sonnet to New York City, Manhattan (as though Gordon Willis' magnificent black and white cinematography isn't enough!)
The drive-in movie theater brought together two distinct American
institutions: cars and movies. Since the earliest drive-ins of the
1930s, these entertainment complexes have been an integral part of
American culture. Their appeal stretched to people from all corners of
the country, offering a place for social gathering and various
amusements. Take a ride down memory lane in this entertaining look at
every aspect of the drive-in movie theater: the architecture, the
marquees, the cars, the food, and much more. Black-and-white and color
photos, along with period ads and other memorabilia, provide a highly
illustrated tour from the origins of the drive-in, through its heyday
in the 1950s, its decline, and its subsequent revival.
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One of our favorite Charles Bronson's films is The Mechanic, directed in 1972 by Michael Winner. The plot has Bronson as a master assassin for hire who is training his protege, Jan Michael Vincent - until a bloody series of double crosses begins to wreak deadly havoc. Jerry Fielding's score is now available in a definitive version from Intrada Records. The CD is a limtied edition of 1500. Here is the text from the product description:
Original Italian release poster
World premiere 1972 release of complete Jerry Fielding score for
Michael Winner thriller takes all 27 minutes of music from earlier
albums, then offers additional 50 minutes of music previously
unreleased! Fielding takes cue from methodical hitman played by Charles
Bronson, creates incredibly complex work for orchestra. Chilling tone
clusters for piano, knife jabs for brass, startling percussion... and
cold, cerebral strings spell Fielding at his most intense! But composer
is calculated, adds tiny wisp of warmth, keeps everything just out of
balance. Intrada CD presents entire score from original multi-track
stereo session masters, courtesy of MGM. CD also includes exciting big
band source cues composer wrote for film plus alternate end titles.
Authoritative text from director/composer expert Nick Redman plus
musical analysis from FSM's Lukas Kendall illuminates every complicated
moment! Arguably Fielding's most dramatic work! Jerry Fielding
conducts. Intrada Special Collection release limited to 1500 copies! -
Douglass Fake, Intrada Producer
A tribute book to one of the film industry's legendary movie poster artists.
Here is the product description from Amazon:
The first monograph dedicated to the World's most famous monster artist. • Introduction by Rockstar and The Devil's Rejects horror film director, Rob Zombie. • Profusely illustrated with over 150 color and 50 black & white illustrations. • Full-color on 160 heavy, glossy-stock pages • Endorsed by the families of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney. • Features commentary from the artist, his contemporaries and noted film professionals.
Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos is a celebration of the career
of the acknowledged master of film monster portrait art. To many fans
of classic horror movies, the name Basil Gogos is as familiar as that
of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi or Vincent Price. Gogos' paintings are as
iconic as his subjects. This long-overdue retrospective features
high-quality reproductions of many of his most famous paintings as well
as many previously unpublished paintings and drawings of classic film
creatures and actors. Gogos' early work in men's adventure magazine and
paperback book art will also be examined as well as his works in movie
posters and other areas. An in-depth career-spanning interview with the
artist will accompany the illustrations and tributes by other artists
and film professionals inspired by Gogos' powerful images. The book
will feature an introduction by rock star, movie director and horror
collector Rob Zombie.
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Most movie fans seem to think that Richard Harris' singing career began and ended with the 1967 film version of Camelot in which he played the role of King Arthur. His friend Richard Burton had played the part initially in the play's Broadway run. However, what many people forget is that despite having limited abilities as a crooner, Harris parlayed his talent to "talk" a song through into a highly successful second career. Donna Summer's late 1970s disco version of MacArthur Park was such a hit that many people forgot that it was Harris who had an equally big version of the Jimmy Webb song a decade before. Our friends at the super cool retro site Cine Beats have posted a great tribute to Harris' singing career, complete with a recording of MacArthur Park you can relish (although we still don't have a damned clue as to what the song is about!)
The Slender Thread, the tense 1966 thriller starring Sidney Poitier was originally titled Call Me Back. Considering the plot concerned the tense efforts to dissuade a caller to a crisis center from committing suicide, it's no wonder that rather nondescript title was changed. The movie was originally to co-star Elizabeth Ashley but Anne Bancroft ended up in the part of the female lead.
Roger Moore, the original- and for many- the definitive Saint.
British actor James Purefoy has been confimed to play Simon Templar in a new two-hour pilot of a TV series based on Leslie Charteris' The Saint. Several other actors have played the role over the decades, with Roger Moore being the most successful in the long-running 1960s TV series. Val Kilmer made an ill-fated venture into Sainthood by starring in the flop 1990s big screen version. Roger Moore's son Geoffrey will be one of the producers of the new movie. The film is slated to begin shooting in Australia and Berlin next April. For more visit the official Leslie Chateris web site by clicking here
Purefoy in the acclaimed HBO series Rome: not many places to stash the old halo in this outfit!
It's no secret that many heavily-hyped movies never go into production due to last minute snags. What is surprising is how late in the game some of them are cancelled - in some cases, even after teaser advertising campaigns had begun. Case in point is this ad for a film called Will Adams based on a real life historical character who became the first European to visit Japan. The ad was included in a Paramount industry booklet that announced the films going into production in 1965. Joseph E. Levine was to produce, but for some reason the movie was never made. Look for more "Movies That Never Were" here on the Cinema Retro web site.
Solo and Illya utilize the U.N.C.L.E. specials in a key scene from the rarely-seen two part episode The Alexander the Greater Affair, which was re-edited into the feature film One Spy Too Many. Both versions are included in the DVD set.
DVD Talk has one of the most comprehensive and insightful reviews we've seen on the newly released Man From U.N.C.L.E. Complete DVD Collection. To read click here
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Our friends at Fulvue-Drive In have sent us a link to an excellent essay by Nicholas Sheffo that explores the making of F.W. Murnau's landmark vampire film Nosferatu as well as its enduring legacy in the international cinema. Sink your teeth into it by clicking here
Editor-in-Chief Lee Pfeiffer shares some thoughts about a recent CBS TV special
On Friday night, CBS telecast a two-hour TV special entitled Movies Rock that
purported to be a celebration of the great songs from motion pictures.
I confess to not having seen the first hour, so this can't really be
considered a review. However, there are some observations about the
second hour that should be made because they epitomize why we at Cinema
Retro are more interested in the Hollywood of old than of today. It has
nothing to do with wanting to live in the past. It's just that when you
see today's "stars" and their slovenly look and behavior, we wonder how
anyone can have much enthusiasm for the contemporary film
industry. For starters, I don't live under a rock, but I've never even
heard of some of the big names who performed on the TV special. I did
hear of current heart throb Marc Anthony who was doing a reasonably
good tribute to Simon and Garfunkel's Mrs. Robinson (from The Graduate),
although I believe no mention was made of Mr. Garfunkel, who is treated
like the Zeppo Marx of the legendary duo. Instead, the song was a
tribute to Paul Simon - which may explain a lot about why Simon and
Garfunkel broke up. In any event, mid way through Anthony's rendition,
he began to flub his lines, then seemed to end the song prematurely
after assuring us that "Joltin' Joe has left and gone away" - a line
rendered meaningless because Anthony had neglected to sing the song's
most famous verse, "Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?"
Dressed to kill: DeVito pays tribute to that great singer Tina Sinatra.
then treated to someone named Fergie (not the Duchess of York,
unfortunately), who appeared to have stopped in from a streetwalker's
convention in order to perform a tribute to the James Bond songs. She
was introduced by the typically slovenly Danny DeVito, who mumbled
through an inane introduction that informed us that, among the
legendary singers who performed Bond title songs was Tina Sinatra. You
heard that right. There is a Tina Sinatra, who runs the
licensing aspects of Frank Sinatra's estate, so it must have come as
news to her sister Nancy, who sang You Only Live Twice that
Tina is now being credited for the work. Oh, well, DeVito can't be
blamed - he's only been in show business for over forty years. The Bond
number chosen for the tribute was Live and Let Die and Fergie
certainly made for fetching eye candy as she slid around the stage in
an outfit that seemed to be painted on her as other, more talented
dancers tried to avoid the pyrotechnics. Fergie almost hit a few notes
on key, but it must have been an accident. By the time a giant bungi
cord allowed her to soar over the audience like Peter Pan, I became
convinced that only SPECTRE could have staged something this dreadful.
Harrison Ford: a rare touch of style and elegance
was a wonderful short shown in which Martin Scorsese discussed his
obsession with classic films and how sound plays such an important role
in the viewer's enjoyment of them. He is leading the charge for
restoring and preseving the classics through his Film Foundation. It
was a classy, moving segment that put to shame much of what followed.
Among the those who strode onstage to engage in that awful
"spontaneous" patter generally reserved for award shows were character
actor John C. Riley who was teamed with someone named Jenna Fischer,
who must be a big star somewhere despite the fact that neither I or the
people who were watching with me had ever heard of her. Riley
epitomized the now ritualisitc
dressing-down-because-dressing-up-is-uncool fashion style. Wearing a
bizarre black jacket with swirly white designs, he appeared to be a
cross between Captain Kangaroo and someone who stopped in from a kid's
rodeo. Yet, there were moments where the show succeeded. Shirley
MacLaine, looking ageless and splendid, introduced Queen Latifah, who
performed Hey, Big Spender from Sweet Charity. Latifah
wasn't as powerful as you would expect, but she at least had respect
for the material and didn't try to improve upon a classic. The
highlight of the hour I saw was a wonderful segment that was introduced
by a typically understated and elegant Harrison Ford. He presented John
Williams conducting the orchestra in a tribute to great movie themes
set to film clips. It was a majestic segment and moreso than anything
else, demonstrated how vital a good composer is to a classic movie. It
also made it abundantly clear how accurate John Barry was when he said
that most scores for recent motion pictures are little more than
"elevator music." Williams paid homage to great themes from Doctor Zhivago, Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, Jaws, Star Wars, The Magnificent Seven and
many others in a segment you didn't want to end. Unfortunatley, it did
and what followed what followed was a God awful "tribute" to Isaac
Hayes' landmark Theme From Shaft. Any resemblance to the
original was purely coincidental as a stageful of rap "superstars"
teamed up to destroy the classic Oscar winning song. As a middle aged
white guy, I had no idea who these performers were but the fact they
had joined together for this number was made out to be the most
exciting blending of talent since The Rat Pack staged their first
"Summit" in Vegas. The rappers left their limos and mansions long
enough to don their pretentious designer home boy clothing in order to
prove they still have street cred. After mumbling some inane rants,
they were given the obligatory standing ovation by an equally
pretentious crowd who were desperate to prove they were hip enough to
appreciate the abysmal act they had just suffered through.
Giving the shaft to Shaft
Fortunately, the evening ended on another high note, as Verizon phone customers (!) had selected
White Christmas as
their favorite movie song of all time. (This obsession with the public
voting on all manner of things simply to enrich phone companies must be
stopped before we start deciding presidential elections in this manner.
There are times when democracy is not good for the masses!) In
any event, the ageless Tony Bennett took the stage to sing the
legendary Irving Berlin song. His style and grace were a marvel to
behold and only reiterated that we're now seeing the last vestiges of
truly larger-than-life talent. After the Bennetts and MacLaine's are
gone, so too will the appreciation of the songs and work they have done
- at least in terms of the next generation of fans who will be texting
in their selection of Fergie as Entertainer of the Century.
Cinema Retro readers have been giving us a very enthusiastic response to correspondent John Exshaw's recent coverage of the Italian western festival that took place at the Venice International Film Festival. Among the films covered by John was Navajo Joe, a rather run-of-the-mill 1966 spaghetti western that is distinguished primarily by the presence of leading man Burt Reynolds, still several years away from superstardom. As with many of the Italian westerns, even those of the lowest denominator in terms of quality generally boasted worthy musical scores and Navajo Joe is no exception. Film Score Monthly has issued the most complete soundtrack of Ennio Morricone's original compositions ever released. (Curiously, Morricone had to adopt the Ameircan nom-de--plume "Leo Nichols" on the film's credits!) For more info and to order click here
For reports on the Venice Film Festival's tribute to Italian westerns, see John Exshaw's columns.
Never let it be said that Cinema Retro readers are not appreciative of the human anatomy. We've received a number of letters griping that we've been negligent in presenting our Gratuitously Sexy Photos of the Week. We plead guilty, but only because there has been such an abundance of other stories. Nevertheless, we herewith resume the feature that has earned us high marks not only from straight guys but also from our female readers and gay guys who appreciate the fact that we never fail to include some vintage male cheesecake shots to satiate their lurid desires as well.
Having barely survived the horrors of Germany in the final days of WWII, young Elke Sommer never dreamed she would become one of the major starlets of the 1960s. Elke has recently given Cinema Retro interviews about her films from this period. Look for the first in issue #10 in which she recalls making Deadlier Than the Male.
Long and hard- that's how you can describe Dick Chamberlain's surfboard in the 1960s flick Joy in the Morning. Chamberlain, like Rock Hudson and so many other gay Hollywood hunks of the era, had to stay in the closet in order to maintain their lucrative careers as the "boys next door". Chamberlain set the record straight, so to speak, in his autobiography from the 1990s in which he opened up about the trials and tribulations of hiding his sexuality for so many years.
In one of the most intelligent and enlightening interviews we've seen with Martin Scorsese, The Washington Post gets the Oscar-winner and recent Kennedy Center honoree to discuss how films shaped his entire childhood and continue to dominate his life today. For Scorsese, films aren't just a meal ticket, they are an obsession and in the interview he discusses how movies he's seen countless times still move him emotionally. Among his top favorites: John Ford's The Searchers with its beautifully-rendered, melancholy ending in which John Wayne's Ethan Edwards is once again left on his own to face an uncertain future.
Many of your have been using the new Cinema Retro Amazon DVD and Book Shop as your preferred venue for holiday shopping. Now we've added a new exciting segment to our store: The Spy Movie Shop. In this specialized category, you'll be able to browse through hundreds of DVDs relating to spy movies and TV series- and we'll bet you'll be surprised to find how many of them are now available. From I Spy episodes to The Chairman, Ice Station Zebra, Operation Crossbow, The Bourne Identity and The Ultimate Our Man Flint Collection, this is the place for armchair secret agents and megalomaniacs to shop. We;ve also got an entire store section dedicated to James Bond.
If you haven't seen enough evidence that the perfect holiday gift is The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Complete DVD Collection, the new promo trailer unveiled by Time Life should remove any lingering doubts. It captures the excitement of this fantastic DVD release of all 105 episodes, plus 10 hours of extras!