The Film Society of Lincoln Center's week long tribute to Steve McQueen concluded last night with a big screen showing of Bullitt. Sadly, director Peter Yates, who was scheduled to introduce the film, was sidelined by an illness. However, party-hearty New Yorkers didn't let that interfere with enjoying the cocktail party held in his honor prior to the screening. The print provided was in very good condition and the audience responded with the enthusiasm of seeing the movie for the first time. It did occur to me, however, that given what a cash cow Bullitt has been for Warner Brothers since 1968, that it hasn't merited a full restoration. Let's hope the studio does justice to this film by making this a priority. Kudos to the Film Society for a job well done and an exciting week of superb entertainment.
The great cartoonist Pete Emslie reminds us that today is Christopher Lee's birthday. Pete provides another priceless piece of art, this time commemorating Christopher's performance as Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man With the Golden Gun. Cinema Retro readers know that Christopher is a frequent contributor to our magazine - and we wish the legendary star all the best. Christopher is busier than ever, with several film projects in the works. By the way, Pete notifies us of some interesting trivia: Christopher shares his birthday with his old friend and fellow film legend Vincent Price - and the previous day is the birthday of his frequent co-star Peter Cushing. Visit Pete Emslie's site, The Cartoon Cave by clicking here.