Thursday, March 31, 2011

Le Boucher (1970)

Watched a Claude Chabrol movie on tv this morning The Beast Must Die) and it reminded me how much I used to enjoy the works of this man (1930-2010) who was dubbed the French Hitchcock. Some great thrillers usually with murder not far away these films are very elegant and are accessable. Here's one that I think was my first taste of Chabrol about a schoolteacher in a small town. I shall say no more. Enjoy

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Animals and Men play Salford May 1st

Details here of this gig at the King's Arms Salford. Promoters 'Comfortable on a tightrope'.

The Commissar (1967) (English subtitles)

Wiki on the movie. The bumph on Youtube says. Based on the story by V. Grossman "In the Town of Berdichev".
A female commissar named Vavilova has to leave her detachment for a while. She is expecting a baby... Staying with the Jewish family of a petty artisan, who has many children of his own, and observing the everyday life of those poor but always ready to help people, Madame Vavilova, as she is called by the head of the family, Yefim Magazannik, discovers a hitherto unknown to her world of human joys, the happy pleasures of motherhood and family life. But soon she has to return to the realities of war and leave her newborn son with her new friends...
The fate of the film was tragic. The film was banned for twenty years in the Soviet Union; the censorship board considered it "pro-Zionist" due to its sympathetic portrayal of Jews. IMDB

Leadbelly 1/14 (1976)

This biopic (and you know how much I enjoy musical biopics) of Leadbelly is up on Youtube - haven't ever seen it before but I remember when it came out - around the same time as the Woody Guthrie 'Bound for Glory' movie was around.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Scene from Godard's Weekend (1967)

Lovely scene from this black comedy/experimental film that is considered by many to be Godard's best work. The cars in this clip are great - there's an NSU Prinz or two - this was our first car bought cheaply.

Made in USA (1966)

This is one Godard film I don't think I've actually seen more than once so I don't remember too much about it but it looks great from this trailer. Wiki on the movie. It was the last full length movie that Karina and Godard worked together on so a kind of 'end of an era' movie. Based slightly on the Big Sleep it had copyright issues with a book called the Jugger and wasn't realeased in the US for many years

Pierrot le Fou (1965)

I am going to have a short season of Jean-Luc Godard trailers. This is one my favourites with brilliant cinematography by New Wave legend Raoul Coutard and the great teaming of Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina as leads. So what's not to like? Wiki here

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Monochrome Set

Good to see the Set back in action with all manner of gigs coming this year, which means that Bid has recovered from his brain aneurism - they're playing the Thunderbolt Bristol on June 18th. They have a Facebook page if you're a Set maniac with all their dates including a German tour and a gig at Dingwalls.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Billy Boy Arnold 'I wish you would'

Cool performance of his 55 hit.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Forty-First (1956)

Russian film with English subtitles about a female sniper during the Civil War and her relationship with a White Officer. Wiki here