All Eyes On Sharon Tate

Written by Joe D on February 22nd, 2009

Here’s a short film about MGM’s new star Sharon Tate. It was made to publicize her during the making of her first film Eye Of The Devil. In spite of the idiotic narration there are some great moments, Sharon getting vocal instruction, Sharon go-going in swinging London with co-star David Hemmings. Every shot of her is beautiful. I recently saw some behind the scenes footage from Fearless Vampire Killers, the film where she met her husband Roman Polanski. If I find it I’ll post it as well.

The Prisoner

Written by Joe D on February 21st, 2009

Here’s the opening sequence from the seminal 60’s TV show The Prisoner. It starred Patrick McGoohan as Number 6. One of the most surreal things ever to appear on the small screen. Check it out, I still don’t know what the final episode means!


Written by Joe D on February 20th, 2009

Here’s the trailer for Antonioni’s Blow Up. I’ve been thinking about this film a lot lately, the ambiguity, the way it doesn’t explain anything, the tension created by you not knowing what will happen next, something sorely missed in contemporary films where you know everything that will occur. Great Art Direction, Great Camera Work, some of the best driving footage since Touch Of Evil. Maybe I’ll write an in depth piece on it soon. It deserves it.

Franco De Gemini- Once Upon A Time In The West

Written by Joe D on February 5th, 2009

Here’s an interview with Franco De Gemini, he played the harmonica on the soundtrack of Sergio Leone’s masterpiece Once Upon A Time In The West. It’s in italian but even if you don’t speak Italian you’ll get a lot out of it. What an incredible movie and what a magnificent score. I went to a screening of a restored version of this film last year, my friends at Triage Motion Picture Services did the restoration and it was beautiful. You can really see the attention to detail Leone put into making this film when you watch it on a big screen. But check out Franco and dig his playing of two notes that clash and how he bends notes and how he gave a voice to The Man With The Harmonica.