06 June 2005

out of the shadows

Art Lyons   the novelist who runs Palm Springs Film Noir Festival   likes to screen both classic '40s & '50s examples of the genre as well as later "neo-noir." this year's festival opend with an example of the latter   "Seconds." I always thot of this John Frankenheimer film as sci fi but am willing to consider it as noir. it contains Rock Hudson's finest performance & haunting cinematography by James Wong Howe.

films screend over the weekend were a mix of gem ("Guilty Bystander") & junk ("Guns, Girls and Gangsters"). several were the only existing prints of obviously rarely-seen work. but in additional to choice of films what distinguishes this festival is the caliber of raconteurs who speak after the screenings. wheelchair-bound Ray Bradbury has the kind of memory which holds even the minutest detail. it was nearly chilling when he decribd how he willd himself to become Melville in order to finish his stalld "Moby Dick" script. Mamie Van Doren rememberd Marie Windsor as a "hot chick" after rooming next to her on location. they remaind friends for years. Paul Picerni recalld when co-star Thomas Gomez sat on the edge of his bed during location shooting & tried unsuccessfully to seduce him. producer Stanley Rubin detaild cuts Howard Hughes forcd on him.

more manana.....



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8 comments:

mark young said...

dear alex. forgive me, but i must ask. which one are you?

xxx
m

mark young said...
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mark young said...

blogger tricked me! i didn't mean to post it twice.

AlexG said...

Mamie has more hair than I do.

Charles said...

Wow--Seconds. I saw that film randomly in college. It was a fascinating film, but I felt like parts of it were really poorly done. I'd like to see it remade...

Moi said...

Wow. She looks great for 74.

Makeup by Madame Tussaud?

Moi

AlexG said...

Charles -- I agree with you. the whole wine vat section is tooooo long.

Moi -- how good to see you again. been on vacation?

Moi said...

Yes, was back in the US for a few weeks, and I've been working like a maniac.

It's good to be back!

Moi