Pablo Ferro’s Clockwork Orange Trailer

Written by Joe D on November 20th, 2018

Here you go, from the master of Quick Cuts, Pablo Ferro, his Clockwork Orange Trailer!

Pablo Ferro passes on.

Written by Joe D on November 17th, 2018

My dear friend Pablo Ferro passed away last night at the age of 83. He was the greatest, nicest guy. Super talented, he loved working, creating, doing incredible things.He was friend and collaborator to Stanley Kubrick, Hal Ashby, Bob Downey, Steve McQueen, Jeff Bridges, so many amazing people. He got me the job editing The Sunchaser for Michael Cimino and I tried to get him gigs whenever I could. Actually Pablo gave Cimino his start in filmmaking.  He was a legend. So raise a glass to a departed genius. Here’s a taste of his crazy magic.

Orson Welles Lady From Shanghai Crazy Mirrors Sequence

Written by Joe D on November 8th, 2018

Here is the granddaddy of all Mad Mirror scenes! Orson directs and stars with his beautiful ex-wife Rita Hayworth and Mercurey Theater alumnus Everett Sloane, Mr. Berstein from Citizen Kane. Amazing photgraphy in this film, you can really feel the extra silver  in the old nitrate film stock. Rita is so amazingly gorgeous in the scene on the yacht. A crazy film but worth checking out.

 

Hal Ashby Documentary

Written by Joe D on November 4th, 2018

Here’s a short documentary on the legendary Hal Ashby. My friend Bob Downey was very close to him, I never met him. My other pal Pablo Ferro was one of his best friends and collaborators, he should have been in this doc. Anyway it’s a nice little tribute to a big talent.

Little Shop Of Horrors, COLORIZED!

Written by Joe D on November 2nd, 2018

two geniuses- Chuck Griffith and Mel Welles

I am not a fan of colorized movies, I love B&W films! But I must say I enjoyed this vcolor version of the Chuck Griffith/Roger Corman classic. Probably because the original B&W photography was not the greatest. They shot the movie in 4 days or something so not much time to nitpick the lighting. Anyway Enjoy it IN COLOR!

Bruce Bicksford Twin Peaks

Written by Joe D on October 22nd, 2018


Bruce Bicksford is a genius animator I first became aware of back in the 70’s when he was collaborating with Frank Zappa on Baby Snakes. It makes perfect sense that he would be drawn to the mysterious word of Twin Peaks.

 

La Musica dello Spazio-ANGELO LAVAGNINO-“I Diavoli Dello Spazio/ Space Devils”

Written by Joe D on October 5th, 2018

Check out this amazing music from a cool 60’s Italian Space Opera, Antonio Margheriti’s I Diavoli Dello Spazio, Space Devils. This score by Angelo Lavagnino reminds me of a Jack Nitzsche 60’s production.

 

compare it to this by Nitzsche and The Wrecking Crew.

See what I mean.

 

 

 

A Walk Through Old Warsaw

Written by Joe D on September 29th, 2018


Here is a beautiful short film that is really a showcase for it’s amazing electronic score. The music and organized sound is by the great Eugeniusz Rudnik, a veteran of The Polish Radio Experimental Studio (PRES), check out The Saragossa Manuscript with music by Penderecki, another alumnus. This film is gorgeous, shot in 35mm color (It looks like Technicolor to me) in an old city that still had it’s Eighteenth Century charm. I can’t embed it here but I can post this link. So click the magic portal and be transported to another world.

MOMA Time Machine

Written by Joe D on September 5th, 2018

SEE NYC in 1911. The Museum of Modern Art has transferred this footage shot in NYC in 1911 at the proper frame rate so people don’t run around like Keystone Kops on speed. They also added background sound, the result? It’s like taking a ride in a Time Machine, the people look and act like people(although dressed quite different) Check out the straw boaters a lot of men wear. The women’s clothes are pretty crazy too. It’s amazing to see these parts of NYC that are still there, like the Manhattan Bridge and my old neighborhood, 24th street and 5th across from Madison Square Park and the Flatiron building, The clock on the street is still there in front of what will be the Toy Center. Anyway travel back in time to where horses ruled the streets, marvel at the El Train and the crazy hats.

 

 

The Pit And The Pendulumn

Written by Joe D on November 26th, 2017

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Here is a short film of E.A.Poe’s great story, The Pit and The Pendulumn. Made by the illustrious animator/ filmmaker Jan Svankmajer. Super creepy, great sound effects, wonderful design by his talented wife, it’s a masterpiece. It does take a few liberties with the original story, in Poe’s version the walls of the room come together like a flattened box, forming a narrower and narrower lozenge, the metal walls of which are red hot, ay the center of the lozenge is the Pit which the victim is forced to fall into, devilishly ingenious. Svankmajer has the metal wall push one towards the Pit, a slight difference, also the end of the story turns out differently. But the subjective viewpoint he uses does match the internal monolouge of Poe’s version, without a voice over. I think it’s an interesting creative choice. The fiendish decorations seem inspired by Hieronymous Bosch and are beautifully realized. What a cool film. So wonderful it was made, there aren’t enough works like this these days, personal, artistic, artisinal. Check it out.

P.S. Here is a translation of the Latin quote at the begining of the piece, it is from Poe’s story as well.
Here an impious mob of torturers, insatiable, fed their long-lasting frenzies for innocent blood. Now that the fatherland is safe, now that the cave of murder has been destroyed, in the place where foul death once was, life and health are open to all.

Robert Enrico’s Chickamauga

Written by Joe D on November 13th, 2017

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Everyone has seen an Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, the short film by Robert Enrico based on a short story by Ambrose Bierce. It was even shown on The Twilight Zone by Rod Serling. But did you now it was only one chapter in a trilogy feature film by the great Robert Enrico? Here is a dupey looking copy of the first chapter Chickamauga, another story by Bierce about a particularly vicious Civil War battle at that Indian named location. It’s great, the production value of all the soldiers in the woods, the creative use of sound, the mood, all amazing. Europeans were fascinated by the American Civil War. It was the first modern war that used rifles, cannon’s, primitive machine guns on such a large scale. German officers came and toured the battle sites in preparation for their own warmaking. Enrico was obsessed with America of the 1800’s, he did a film based on Edgar Allan Poe’s Pit and The Pendulum that is worth checking out. Much truer to the story than Roger Corman’s Vincent Price vehicle, which I must say I greatly enjoyed as a kid.

Manson Family Vacation

Written by Joe D on October 19th, 2017

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Here is an excellent film that polarizes people in an unconventional way. Some people are repulsed by Charlie Manson, others are fascinated by the story of the Family. It is compelling stuff, the murder of a Movie Star, almost a ritual sacrafice. Manson preached love, environment, fair treatment of animals but he also brainwashed seemingly normal young people into committing heinous acts of murder. A very strange compelling case, hence the 60,000 pieces of mail Manson gets every year in prison. There is an interesting documentary on Manson called Manson but get the early one if you can the new one has a lot of horrible voice over. Anyway Manson Family Vacation deals with Manson peripharelly , although there is footage of him in the movie. It’s about two brothers and their strained relationship. I don’t want to go into too much detail, watch the movie, but the writing and acting are top notch. This is a funny film but funny in an intelligent, thought provoking way which I really like. And you can stream it on Netflix! So Bravo everyone involved with this film, great job. I understand this was made on weekends so everyone could keep their day jobs. That’s an admirable love of filmmaking.