Truffaut documentary

Written by Joe D on October 23rd, 2016

Here is a very thorough documentary on Francois Truffaut, it tells all, how he got his start in film, etc. Produced by Eyes On Film it’s worth checking out.

The Long Haul Of A.I. Bezzerides

Written by Joe D on October 16th, 2016

Being a huge fan of Robert Aldrich’s noir masterpiece “Kiss Me Deadly” I have been wanting to see this documentary about the man that wrote the screenplay, A.I. Bezzerides. I had heard about it a couple of years ago, I think it was going to play at the Egyptian but I missed the screening and the film disappeared. But now lo and behold you can see it on a website called Snag Films. Just push THIS. What a character, he also wrote Jules Dassin’s “Theives Highway” and “They Drive By Night” a Warner Bros. melodrama with Bogey, George ,I never watch my own films, Raft and the sublime Ida Lupino.
The Best of the bunch is “Kiss Me Deadly” starring mega meathead Ralph Meeker as Mike Hammer, I grew up watching this film on Channel 5 , WNEW in NYC. I loved it, I’d watch it every time it was on, great sports cars, great women, extreme violence, Atomic mystery box, 50’s L.A. locations, Angels Flight, Bunker Hill, the stuff dreams are made of, and Albert, Dr. Cyclops, Dekker.
Anyway if you haven’t seen Kiss Me Deadly watch it now! Then check out The Long Haul of A.I. Bezzerides.
Also the great Jack Elam, way before he caught a fly in his gun barrel in Once Upon A Time In The West

Grandfathers Of Crime- Boileau Narcejac

Written by Joe D on October 9th, 2016

These guys wrote Vertigo and Diabolique. An incomparable collaboration that shaped Crime Novels and Crime Films.



More Early Polanski

Written by Joe D on April 3rd, 2016


Here are some of Polanski’s student films that some generous soul has posted. I had never seen some of them until recently. A definite plus side to the Internet, access to all this rare unseeable film.

Le Gros et le maigre (The Fat and the Lean) - Roman Polanski - 1961

Written by Joe D on March 24th, 2016

This is a great short by the ultra-talented Roman Polanski. It really demonstrates what an amazing physical actor he is, Chaplinesque. Featuring music by the super genius Krzysztof Komeda.

More Orson- interviewed about Kane and other things.

Written by Joe D on March 21st, 2016

Here’s a great interview with Orson Welles from 1960. A lot of great insights, check it out!

Orson Welles “The Fountain Of Youth”

Written by Joe D on March 18th, 2016

Check this crazy pilot Orson did in the 50’s , it is insane but definetly a precursor to his film F is For Fake.

Chaplin Builds His Studio

Written by Joe D on March 14th, 2016

Here’s a film of Chaplin’s Hollywood Studio being built then used by C.C. to make films. Also we get to see Charlie in his editing room, very interesting, the shots are rolled up and put on a shelf for him to choose from, this is how we edited on upright moviolas.
The dailies woud be broken down into single takes, rolled up so the editor could get them quickly and feed them into the Moviola. Anyway a fascinating glimpse into the world of a genius filmmaker and a time warp rolled into one.

p.s. This version has voice over by Charlie, obviously added much later.

The Making Of The Misfits

Written by Joe D on February 22nd, 2016


Here’s a wonderful documentary about the making of The Misfits, a classic B&W film. What an amazing collection of talent! Arthur Miller, John Huston, the cast, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Monty Clift, Eli Wallach, Thelma Ritter, the brilliant crew including the genius cameraman Russell Metty and the spectaculer editor George Tomasini.


Russell Metty with Orson Welles


The Great George Tomasini
What a group. Out in the middle of nowhere making an existential Western. Wow, I wish I could have been there. I first saw this film back on the WOR Million Dollar Movie, it fascinated me as a young movie nut. I loved Marilyn and I had never seen Gable in a movie like this. The incredible cinematography blew me away, especially the mustang catching sequence. Metty had shot such masterpieces as Orson Welles Touch Of Evil, Douglas Sirk’s Magnificent Obsession, Kubrick’s Spartacus, to name a few. George Tomasini was best known for his work with Hitchcock, including, Vertigo, Psycho, Rear Window and North by Northwest. One of the greatest editors of all time. Anyway here is Part one of the doc. Check it out.

Space Patrol aka Planet Patrol in the USA

Written by Joe D on February 9th, 2016


Here’s a great futuristic TV show I loved as a kid, Planet Patrol. Incredible sets, amazing music, and kind of ultra violent stories. Check it out. Th e sets at the end of Highway of Tomorrow reminded me of the futuristic city in Planet Patrol.
The Amazing Roberta Leigh, creator of Space Patrol

The Highway Of Tomorrow!

Written by Joe D on February 9th, 2016

Drop some acid and check this out.

The Man Who Fell To Earth Soundtrack

Written by Joe D on February 2nd, 2016

Here’s a great little documentary about the soundtrack to Nic Roeg’s The Man Who Fell To Earth starring David Bowie in his greatest role. I always really liked this soundtrack, John Phillips came through big time.

Video Essay: The Man Who Fell to Earth from Film Comment on Vimeo.