The Friday Film – Beetlejuice (1988)

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It’s high on my list of Tim Burton favourites. It was obviously a huge hit and you can even get Beetlejuice Lego! I’ve watched the film so many times and it delights me with every viewing. The Day-O dinner scene is one of the greatest comedy moments in the history of film. Continue reading

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The Friday Film: Peeping Tom

This week’s Friday film is Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom. Protagonist Mark is subjected to constant surveillance by his father as a child under the guise of scientific research. This unusual upbringing results in Mark becoming the ultimate voyeur in adulthood. Working in a film studio by day, he captures scenes which are far more sinister in his free time. Mark films the murders of young women.

All this filming isn’t healthy. – Mrs Stephens, Peeping Tom

Causing anger on its release in 1960, this film is now a much loved classic. Film buffs will notice that this was also the year that Psycho was released and indeed, the two films have been compared many times. Personally, I think that Peeping Tom is a far superior film. It manages to get under your skin and is truly disturbing whilst remaining entertaining throughout.

It’s a long time since a film disgusted me as much as Peeping Tom. – C.A. Lejeune for The Observer

HOLLYWOOD—I recently revisited a classic in the cinematic universe that not many people are aware of. It’s a film that was quite controversial when it was released in 1960, and it preceded what many consider to be the movie that ignited the horror genre, “Psycho.”… The one thing I can say about “Peeping Tom” and many horror flicks before the 1970s is that blood was very tame to say the least. – Canyon News

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Mark Lewis is a focus puller in a film studio. Severely disturbed as a result of his abusive and manipulative psychologist father, he is gripped by an obsessive voyeurism that leads him to murder. – BFI Screenonline

Director Michael Powell
Production Company Michael Powell (Theatre)
Screenplay and original story Leo Marks
Cinematography Otto Heller

The Friday Film: Rope (1948)

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Last night, I watched Hitchcock’s ultimate suspense film Rope for the first time! It’s definitely near the top of my favourite films by this legendary director. In fact, it probably shares the top spot with Rear Window, although there are still many that I haven’t seen. I just love a film that’s set in a single location!

Jimmy Stewart has become one of my favourite actors in the last couple of years and he proved as excellent as ever in Rope. I’ve also found two new actors to look into in the leads; John Dall and Farley Granger. Both seem to have had good careers, but I don’t think I’ve seen either in anything else.

For those of you that live near London, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch are putting on a production of the play from late February to early March 2018. The show follows a string of collaborations between the two venues (New Wolsey Theatre), including the regional premiere of Made in Dagenham last year… As was announced last month, Queen’s Theatre has been selected to partner with the National Theatre for the Public Acts initiative, bringing in regional talent and hosting it on the National’s stage.What’s on Stage

It took a mischievous genius to make a post-WWII movie with subtle queer characters. Brandon and Philip’s special bond is apparent only to those mature enough to spot their intimacy. Out Magazine

7 Wise Quotes from Steven Toast

Self-absorbed actor Steven Toast is the perfect comedy character from BAFTA-winning Matt Berry.

Hamm On Toast

Hamm On Toast

 

If your name isn’t big on a theatre poster, do some individual leafleting outside the building making sure that it’s YOU who has star billing!

Never speak in a sentence with more than six words in it.

Stay away from the BBC – especially charlatans like Mews Frumpty.

Don’t try and ‘make friends’ with the casting director. Keep things on a professional level. Never follow them home or become a sinister ‘stalker’-type hanging around their house.

 

The Friday Film – Fellini’s Satyricon

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This is not a historical picture, a Cecil B. DeMille picture. It is not even a Fellini picture, in the sense of La Strada, or Nights of Cabiria, or even La Dolce VitaJoanna Paul

Fellini's Satyricon - Soundtrack by Nino Rota

Fellini’s Satyricon – Soundtrack by Nino Rota

Having only discovered Fellini over the past year or so, last night I watched Satyricon for the first time. It’s one of those films that you could pause at any moment and there you have a beautiful painting. If anyone is suffering from artist or writer’s block, I’m pretty sure that a viewing of Satyricon will sort you out!

Viewing this film is certainly more akin to watching a surreal fantasy or science fiction adventure than it is to settling down for a historical tale. The film mostly revolves around a poet, and Ascyltus and Encolpius, sometimes friends, often rivals competing for the affections of a young slave boy.

As viewers, we follow them on their adventures. In a fashion that echoes the even more wonderful director, Jan Svankmajer, Fellini treats us to a sickening feast scene, as we see the sights and are subjected to the sounds of gluttonous eating.

However, Fellini does withhold on showing a scene of cannibalism towards the end of the film, instead leaving us content with watching the faces of the feasters. Satyricon is bathed in an unusual and evocative soundtrack by Nino Rota.

Cruelty runs throughout the film. Encolpius watches a scene from a play in which a man’s hand is actually cut off to gratify the jaded Roman spectators. In another sequence a wealthy man Encolpius has married is decapitated. Nostalgia Central

I began my Fellini adventures in a foolish way, beginning with Casanova, a film so perfect that every Fellini masterpiece that I’ve seen since just can’t quite touch that height – but there’s hope because I have many more to watch, including 8 1/2.

Encolpius 
Martin Potter
Ascyltus
Hiram Keller
Giton
Max Born

Director
Fredrico Fellini