Celluloid Dreams

Starved for Technicolor No Longer

I promised you Powell and Pressburger films and Powell and Pressburger films you shall get. Black Narcissus, I think is their quintessential best. Powell wrote that it was, “The most erotic film I ever made.” I would have to agree. It’s a superlative work, mysterious and haunting. Based on the novel by Rumor Godden, it’s definitely worth the watch. Almost equally marvelous are A Matter of Life and Death and The Red Shoes — a balletomane’s dream.

Some of P&P’s other movies…hard to find these days I imagine: I Know Where I’m Going, The 49th Parallel, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Gone to Earth, The Small Back Room, The Battle of the River Plate. What a team!

And for series: The Handmaid’s Tale, Hacks, The Bear, The Old Man, and for a dark dark documentary House of Hammer which will make anyone realize that their family isn’t as fucked up as this one. Oh! Almost forgot! Since it’s football season, Friday Night Lights.

Getting Lost suggestions: Perry Mason, Taboo, North Water, Outer Range, Night Sky, Euphoria, Trust, Waco, The Thing About Pam, The Vow, 1883, Severance, and on the lighter side (sort of) Somebody Somewhere and Derry Girls. Oh! And of course The Reader featured in the new collage.

The Divine Feminine and The Divine Masculine recommendations!

So many movies so little time! I’m drawing from the women who grace our header image, but why stop there? Just to name a few: The Last Metro, Mogambo, And God Created Woman, Shoot Em Up, Blow-Up...really explore any of these women’s work: Deneuve, Kelly, Bellucci, etc. There’s some good stuff here. As I was gathering these I realized how many of these ladies were fashion setters as well, so check out the Fashion is Spinach page!

Here are a few from H.P. –. Now You See Me; Pride and Prejudice; Interstellar; The Age of Adaline; Beautiful Minds; Goodfellas; Brooklyn’s Finest; The Prisoner; Sicario; A Bronx Tale; Peaky Blinders; Sherlock Holmes; GOT (Games of Thrones); The Witcher; Money Heist.

Let’s not Forget the Boys!

Deliverance, Fight Club, There Will Be Blood, True Detective, Gentlemen, No Country for Old Men, Fury.

Five Year Anniversary movie recommendations!

As promised here is a list of Eric Rohmer movies perfect for summer sultriness. Get your friends together make some refreshing beverages (maybe I will post some suggestions in Larousse Gastronomique) and have a ball.

Here goes: Claire’s Knee, Pauline at the Beach, Chloe in the Afternoon, A Summer’s Tale, Boyfriends and Girlfriends, A Tale of Springtime, The Aviator’s Wife…

…The Green Ray. You can explore from there on your own.

So get in touch with your inner romantic — à la française!

Entertainment Plug In

Let’s add some new stuff! My friend gave me MovieBoxPro so I’m loaded for bear for shows and movies! Thank you RU! Movies first: Soul, Hereditary, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Life of Brian, and for a girl’s night: Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns, and Saving Mr. Banks.

TV Shows: Neon Genesis Evangelion (thank you Juan!), True Detective, The Queen’s Gambit, WandaVision, Succession, Barry, Carnivale, and one way to recover from a foot injury — Outlander which is a no brainer. I know I’m late to the dance. Get your tartan on!

And, while you’re in historical drama mode, check out Poldark. For you Outlander maniacs out there — see a young Jamie in Island at War.

Tragedy tomorrow, Comedy tonight!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Bake your sweets, cuddle up and enjoy movies about love. For this day, romantic comedies of the lesser-known variety. Representing England, America, Italy, Ireland and France: Georgy Girl, I Was A Male War Bride, Wish You Were Here, Gregory’s Girl, Seduced and Abandoned, The Snapper, Cousin Cousine.

“Love hurts Love scars Love wounds and marks” – movies for the month of love: Ju Dou, Notorious, Black Narcissus, Solaris (the American remake by Steven Soderbergh and the original Soviet version directed by the superlative Andrei Tarkovsky), Damage and Confidence.

The Night Porter

Movie for the end of January: in keeping with our theme of love – The Night Porter with the incomparable Charlotte Rampling and Dirk Bogarde. Certainly an atypical love story, The Night Porter is controversial. I was hesitant to choose this film, with all the sensitivity prevailing, but microaggressions be damned. The movie explores a sadomasochistic relationship. On the surface it is indeed sensational, but when I saw it again I observed deeper layers which hold a truth about our darker selves. What’s fascinating is how the pair revert immediately to their former roles even after many years of assuming new identities. It’s a smart movie that acknowledges that love isn’t simple at all and possesses many guises.

I am so grateful that I have lived in towns and cities that had revival movie houses which I, my family and friends frequented weekly. It was an education in film; often I had no clue what I was to see, only to be delightedly surprised.

The movie of last week is below. We’ll figure out how to organize this in due time. In the meanwhile, you may find a streaming service that has The Night Porter. Nothing is free, but expanding one’s frame is worth the price of admission.

The Royal Hunt of the Sun

Movie for the third week of January: The Royal Hunt of the Sun with Robert Shaw and Christopher Plummer. Conquistador Francisco Pizarro’s final conquering of the Inca Empire. A little conversion and a whole lot of gold. Pizarro takes prisoner the Inca king, Atahualpa (Christopher Plummer), and there begins a complex relationship between these two men.

Both powerful and a little wacky, the screenplay by Peter Shaffer is subtle and memorable. Also these two men are at the height of their beauty and it doesn’t hurt that Christopher Plummer (Captain von Trapp from The Sound of Music!) is barely dressed throughout.

Happy hunting.