Monday, March 01, 1982


TV: Hit 1.3.1982. Ear Force live. The Searchers: Sugar And Spice (*). Dion: Ruby Baby (1963). Depeche Mode: Just Can't Get Enough. Oak Ridge Boys. Elvis Costello: A Good Year For The Roses. Altered Images: Happy Birthday. Genesis: ABACAB. Diana Ross: Why Do Fools Fall In Love.
TV: Måndagsbörsen 1.3.1982. Häxorna live. Steve Miller: Macho City. Björn Afzelius live. Earth, Wind & Fire. The Pretenders: Message Of Love + clips. Phil Collins. Annifrid Lyngstad. J. Geils Band, etc.
Иван Грозный / Iivana Julma / Ivan the Terrible. Fkl / Fh [3]
Иван Грозный 2 / Iivana Julma 2 / Ivan the Terrible 2. Fkl / Fh [3]. A magnificent, cryptic experience on a big screen. I still have to discover it.
MACK SENNETT. Fkl / Fh 4.3.1982. A great programme of treasures. The variety, the many sides of the S. performers, all films first rate:
Mabel's New Hero. US 1913. D: Mack Sennett. Fatty Arbuckle, Mabel Normand +
Lucky Star. US 1925. [2] D: Harry Edwards. Harry Langdon as an assistant to a charlatan selling miracle drugs. +
Love at First Flight. US 1928. D: Edward Cline. Daphne Pollard as the sweetheart of a hero aviator. +
The Dentist. US 1932. D: Leslie Pierce. W.C. Fields.
An American in Paris / Pariisin lumoissa. US 1951. D: Vincente Minnelli. Fkl / Fh. Starts with Paris clichés, in the conclusion it takes off to flight like a rocket into outer space.
En compagnie de Max Linder / Max Linderin seurassa. FR 1963. D: Maud Linder. Fkl / Fh. Hosted by René Clair. My discovery of Linder. He had his unique persona and style, and although he is often compared with Chaplin, he reminds me most of Lloyd (the irrepressible briskness and extrovert nature without Chaplin's melancholy side). A laugh fest directed with a firm hand. It climaxes towards the end, the scene where the huge club hits, instead of the intended victim, the gloomy cardinal's head, floored the audience with laughter. Only very rarely have I witnessed laugh explosions such as this. All directed by Max Linder:
Be My Wife / Soyez ma femme / Ainoastaan naisille. US 1921. +
Seven Years Bad Luck / Sept ans de malheur / Seitsemän vuoden onnettomuus. US 1921. +
The Three Must-Get-Theres / L'Etroit mousquetaire / Kolme muskettisolttua. US 1922.
The Bad and the Beautiful / Särkyneiden haaveiden kaupunki. US 1952. D: Vincente Minnelli. Fkl / Fh. A Hollywood satire based on a Citizen Kane structure. Strong actors: Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Gloria Grahame.
TV 11.3.1982: Vetenskapens värld: Saturnus i närbild. tv. The Voyager footage.
[Ak kame?] / Белый пароход / Valkea laiva / The White Ship. KG-SU 1976. D: Bolotbek Shamshiyev. Tshingiz Aitmatov. Fkl / Fh. Portraits of children have been strong in Soviet cinema. Great intensity lets down only once, in the dream sequence.
Les Enfants du paradis / Paratiisin lapset. FR 1945. D: Marcel Carné. Fkl / Fh. A great permanent favourite of the Filmklubben. An enthralling Romantic canvas from the Paris in the age of Balzac. Without his eye for society, yet richly full of life. Magnificent cast (Arletty, Barrault, Casares, Brasseur), great art direction (Trauner).
TV 18.3.1982: a fascinating documentary on an artist who makes sculptures of the beach sand. An artist of vanishing works, a little like the film makers.
The Mad Magician. US 1954. D: John Brahm. 3D. TV: ZDF. Part only. Vincent Price as the mad circus magician who on his free time uses his scary circus tricks (woman sliced in a circular saw, or burned on the conveyor belt of the crematorium) for real. Unfortunately, in the end he gets to experience the treatment himself.
TV 26.3.1982: Das Beste aus Rock und Klassik: Tangerine Dream: Human Touch.
Mark of the Vampire. US 1935. D: Tod Browning. Bela Lugosi. tv. Boring.
TV 29.3.1982: Na sowas! Klaus Nomi: Total Eclipse. Kraftwerk: Das Model.
TV 30.3.1982: Kenneth Anger - Film als magisches Ritual. D: Reinold E. Thiel. With clips from Fireworks, Puce Moment, Rabbit's Moon, Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, Scorpio Rising, Invocation of My Demon Brother, Lucifer Rising.
Captain Kidd / Kapteeni Kidd. US 1945. D: Rowland V. Lee. Charles Laughton. tv. DF
Lucifer Rising. US 1981. D: Kenneth Anger. tv
Scorpio Rising. US 1964. D: Kenneth Anger. tv [2]
Eaux d'artifice. FR 1953. D: Kenneth Anger. tv [2]
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome. US 1954-1966. tv [2]. Lucifer Rising, his new film, is his masterpiece. An incantation, a suggestive cult ceremony. He is one of the few who can master the language of cinema in its entirety: montage as in Eisenstein, primal imagery as in Cocteau. Bob Beausoleil's post-acid music is a continuation of the work of Doors (the guy with a life sentence for murder has composed and recorded it in jail). The summing up of the elements: fire (Fireworks), water (Eaux d'artifice), rock (Scorpio Rising), Lucifer (Demon Brother), the witches (The Wizard of Oz)...