Sunday in New York 1963

Airline pilot Adam Tyler’s plans to spend a romantic weekend in his New York apartment with Mona Harris are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of his sister Eileen, who has just quarreled with her fiancé, Russ Wilson, because she refuses to sleep with him before marriage.  After assuring Eileen that she has done the proper […]

Alfred Hitchcock

Francois Truffaut: Are you in favour of the teaching of cinema in universities? Alfred Hitchcock: Only on condition that they teach cinema since the era of Melies and that the students learn how to make silent films, because there is no better form of training. Talking pictures often served merely to introduce the theatre into […]

8½ 1963

“Why do you smile that way? l never know if you’re judging me, absolving me or mocking me.” The master director Federico Fellini moved into the realm of self-reflexive autobiography with what is widely believed to be his finest and most personal work. Marcello Mastroianni delivers a brilliant performance as Fellini’s alter ego Guido Anselmi, […]

The Madmen of Mandora

The excellent site Monster Movie Music (and more)  allow us to (re) discover the most unlikely film productions from Bis like the hikarious “The Madmen Of Mandora”,  the story of a group of Nazi scientists who have managed to save face and brain of Adolf Hitler.

Metropolis 1927

    Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang) Photo by Horst von Harbou. Filmed using the Schüfftan Process, a precursor of the bluescreen. The technique used mirrors to create the illusion of live actors in huge sets (which in actuality were miniatures of scenery composed of painted or modeled backgrounds).

Klaus Kinski

  Klaus Kinski in Nosferatu the Vampyre (1978, dir. Werner Herzog) “Kinski loved the work and for pretty much the whole time on set he was happy, even though he would throw a tantrum maybe every other day. He was at ease with himself and the world at the time and loved to sit with […]

The Moonraker 1958

After the battle of Worcester at the end of the Civil War, the main aim of Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth is to capture Charles Stuart. The future king’s escape depends on the intrepid Earl of Dawlish, who as the Moonraker has already spirited away many Royalists. Dawlish travels to the Windwhistle Inn on the south coast […]

The Phanton of the Opera

Lon Chaney & Mary Philbin in The Phantom of the Opera (1925, dir. Rupert Julian) “The history of Lon Chaney is the history of unrequited loves. He brings that part of you out into the open, because you fear that you are not loved, you fear that you never will be loved, you fear there […]

Osama Bin Laden

How ironic that Osama Bin Laden, who hated the West, lived and died in a place named after a British Army officer, Major James Abbott. And how strange that he lived in a million-dollar mansion in a military town also known as a beauty spot not far from capital, Islamabad – like finding Hitler had […]