Author: CelluloidJunkies

SPECIAL GUEST: Author Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, “Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria” and editor for Senses of Cinema.

This month we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of one of the most unusual horror films ever made, Dario Argento’s lurid supernatural shocker Suspiria.

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Suspiria (1977) dir. Dario Argento, Italy
Opera (1987) dir. Dario Argento, Italy
“The Opposite”, Seinfeld (1994) dir. Tom Cherones, USA
The Stendhal Syndrome (1996) dir. Dario Argento, Italy
Dario Argento: An Eye For Horror (2000) dir. Leon Ferguson, USA

“Witchcraft” (1957) w: Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh, p: Frank Sinatra
“Main Title” [Score] (1977) w: Goblin

Our special guest this month is Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, a prolific Australian film critic and writer of many articles and books on horror film theory. She is the author of “Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria” first published in 2015.

Alexandra is also the editor of and a writer for Senses of Cinema, one of the best film websites around. Check out her work, which includes a lot of writing on horror cinema and Australian cinema.
http://sensesofcinema.com/author/alexandra-heller-nicholas/

Alexandra wrote a piece of Suspiria, Argento and cinematographer Luciano Tovoli for Senses of Cinema.
http://sensesofcinema.com/2015/feature-articles/luciano-tovoli-suspiria/

You can also check out Alexandra’s personal website for a more comprehensive overview of her work, including other books that she has written.
http://www.thebluelenses.com

Suspiria is currently doing the rounds in cinemas, being projected in both 4K as well as from a new 35mm film print that has been discovered. Check it out while you can!
http://www.indiewire.com/2017/06/suspiria-uncut-35mm-print-discovered-screenings-1201844977/

Dario Argento is a student of cinema as much as he is a master. The British Film Institute took a look at five films that inspired Argento along the way to create his masterpiece.
http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/features/suspiria-dario-argento-influences

Den of Geek took a look back at Suspiria recently, calling it a one-off in their article “Looking back at Dario Argento’s Suspiria”.
http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/suspiria/21300/looking-back-at-dario-argento’s-suspiria

Film School Rejects also took a look back, focusing on the composition of shots used in the film to create an element of displacement and suspense.
https://filmschoolrejects.com/perfect-shots-dario-argentos-suspiria/

Slash Film have called Suspiria the craziest, most colourful bad dream you’ll ever watch.
http://www.slashfilm.com/suspiria-review/

If you want to follow us on Letterboxd as well, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Luke Kane: http://www.letterboxd.com/overbreakfast/
Cameron Crothers: http://www.letterboxd.com/crot00192/
Damien Heath: http://www.letterboxd.com/jedikaos/

Thanks again for checking out Celluloid Junkies. We’ll see you next month with a close-up, in depth look at George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road”, the second film we’ve looked at from an Australian director.

SPECIAL GUESTS: Author Lesley Brill, “John Huston’s Filmmaking”, and Jason Taylor, The Bogie Film Blog

This month we are waiting out the storm with Bogart, Bacall and Robinson as we look back at John Huston’s 1948 home invasion thriller Key Largo.

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Key Largo (1948) dir. John Huston, USA
The African Queen (1951) dir. John Huston, USA

“Main Title” [Score] (1948) w: Max Steiner
“War” (1969) w: Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong, p: The Temptations
“Moaning’ Low” (1975) w: Ralph Rainger, p: Barbra Streisand

Our first special guest this month is Lesley Brill, author of “John Huston’s Filmmaking” first published in 1997. Lesley is a Professor of English and Film Studies at Wayne State University.

Our second special guest this month is Jason Taylor, who created and writes The Bogie Film Blog. It’s an invaluable source of information on Humphrey Bogart, so check it out.
https://bogiefilmblog.wordpress.com

[To Be Continued]

In this episode we’re going to discuss Robert Aldrich’s 1962 gothic horror film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, and Ryan Murphy’s new FX series Feud: Bette and Joan.

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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962) dir. Robert Aldrich, USA
Strait-Jacket (1964) dir. William Castle, USA
The Nanny (1965) dir. Seth Holt, ENG

“What Ever Happened to Baby Jane” (1962) w: Frank DeVol, p: Debbie Burton & Bette Davis
“Autumn Leaves” (1956) w: Jacques Prevert, p: Nat King Cole
“Feud” [Score] (2017) w: Mac Quayle

AMC’s Filmsite.org has again given us a stellar write-up of this classic movie. Check this out, and then spend the next few months of your life following links on their page and researching every other great American movie ever made.
http://www.filmsite.org/what.html

VICE Magazine wrote a great article on why Baby Jane should not be considered ‘camp’, but instead should be regarded as one of the greatest movies of all-time.
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/forget-campwhat-ever-happened-to-baby-jane-is-one-of-the-best-films-of-all-time

Dramatica has done another story write-up, following the key story arcs and dramatic beats of Lukas Heller’s gothic horror screenplay.
http://dramatica.com/articles/what-ever-happened-to-baby-jane

If you don’t listen to the podcast “You Must Remember This”, then you must be missing out. Recently host Karina Longworth did a series called Six Degrees of Joan Crawford, and dedicated an episode to Baby Jane and the feud between Crawford and Bette Davis.
http://www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com/episodes/2016/9/3/six-degrees-of-joan-crawford-bette-davis-and-what-ever-happened-to-baby-jane

The University of Kent hold an interestingly-titled Melodrama Research Group, and have done an equally interesting article on Baby Jane.
https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/melodramaresearchgroup/2013/11/01/summary-of-discussion-on-what-ever-happened-to-baby-jane/

Senses of Cinema is another great website, and here’s their in-depth look at the movie.
http://sensesofcinema.com/2006/cteq/what-ever-baby-jane/

If you haven’t seen Bette Davis singing “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane” on the Andy Williams Show, your life just isn’t complete.

 

The New York Times says Feud asks a question that is as important now as it was in 1962: where are the roles for women in the entertainment industry?
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/arts/television/feud-fx-ryan-murphy-jessica-lange-susan-sarandon.html?_r=1

Harpers Bazaar has a thrilling timeline of the real-life antagonism between the two great actresses.
http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/film-tv/a20666/feud-bette-davis-joan-crawford-timeline/

Flavorwire compare the show to the movie, and state that much of the ‘feud’ is on-screen in Baby Jane.
http://flavorwire.com/600794/what-what-ever-happened-to-baby-jane-already-told-us-about-bette-and-joans-feud

Australian newspaper the Sydney Morning Herald looks at how the Hollywood system was originally responsible for turning Davis and Crawford against one another.
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/feud-how-sexist-hollywood-turned-bette-and-joan-against-each-other-on-baby-jane-20170321-gv2son.html

Finally, Vanity Fair discuss the amazing opening credits of FX’s Feud. If you haven’t seen it, you need to!
http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/03/ryan-murphy-feud-opening-credits-interview

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