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February 13, 2009

Movie Linkage

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* The actress Caren Kaye -- a soulful beauty remembered fondly by many for her role in the surprisingly-pretty-good softcore '80s teenflick "My Tutor" -- shows up in the Comments on this YouTube tribute to her. "You really made an impact on my generation," writes one admirer.

* Arbogast wonders why '70s B-movie honey Angel Tompkins never became a bigger star. After watching her last night in the 1974 "The Teacher" (terrible movie, but Angel shines), I do too. Wow! Plus she had a fizzy spirit, and could act a little too.

* English film critic Philip French writes a nice appreciation of Catherine Deneuve. Deneueve tells Laura Barton that she'll be pleased if she's mainly remembered for "Belle de Jour."

* Mike Jada sits through a 25 hour Horrorthon in Philly.

* Has Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon" been insufficiently appreciated?

* MBlowhard Rewind: I wrote an Introduction to Enjoying Black and White Movies.



posted by Michael at February 13, 2009


I've long thought Barry Lyndon was a masterpiece, in it's own way. All Kubrick films are actually. Yes I've long thought he's the greatest director ever. Not because he directed the single best movie in my opinion. But because he directed an incredible range of highest level movies, so different from each other. And no duds. At all. Actually those looking for a Kubrick dud often mention Barry Lyndon. They're wrong.

It's VERY slow paced. Not just classical music paced, but lots of dirge and requiem classical music, and then for relief, Mosart type stuff. Lots of natural light photography by candlelight, which was a breakthrough technical first at the time, using very fast camera lenses for the time (well really still, they're mostly just cheaper now, and somewhat glare improved).

But that's not really it. It's a languid, gorgeous movie. It caresses and adores the gorgeous, if not so dynamic, Marisa Berenson. She's a sex object, a gorgeous married into aristocratically rich late twenties widow, despoiled by the handsome rake Barry Lyndon (Ryan O'Neil), who does have real affection for her, but also many needs and urges -- and habits. He's not mean but he is irresponsible. And irresistable to many women.

The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous, including by current standards.

It's a flick to get a nice slow wine buzz on to. Cause you need to slow down to appreciate it. But then it's, well, languidly gorgeous.

Posted by: dougjnn on February 14, 2009 1:36 AM

Was that black & white introduction really written five years ago? It doesn't feel that long. Anyway, that introduction had a big impact on how I watch television and made a fan of black & white films.

Posted by: Cody on February 14, 2009 7:57 PM

Speaking of underrated movies, I always thought "Sliver" would become a classic. Surely someone has found an old copy at a garage sale and decided that a remake would be in order. It's not at the same level of intensity as "The Conversation" but has even more relevance today than in the 90s.

Posted by: moll f on February 14, 2009 8:09 PM

Speaking of black and white films: one of the most satisfying movies to see in black and white, even though it was shot in color! is The Quiet Man.

I saw it first on a b&w tv and thought that the outdoor scenes especially captured that wonderfully blustery scudding clouds light-dark-light of Ireland.

Posted by: ricpic on February 15, 2009 10:15 AM

Interestingly enough, while "languid" conveys a sense of ennui, the verb "to languish" has a very different connotation. You do know the difference, doug, right?

Posted by: moll f on February 15, 2009 1:12 PM

Angel, Angel, Down We Go.

Posted by: Peter L. Winkler on February 16, 2009 7:59 PM

Wow, the B&W intro is a fantastic bit of blogging. The quote by Coates is great. Ah, 2004, so much simpler then...:)

Posted by: JV on February 16, 2009 8:58 PM

The Caren Kaye thread on youtube was cute. Thanks for that.

Posted by: green mamba on February 18, 2009 6:03 AM

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