Friday, 24 July 2015

LIFE IS A CABARET




Cabaret is considered a musical, but it's not: it's a great movie with musical performances in it. The cast don't burst into song and it's themes are prejudice, hate, ambition and decadence. It is a superb movie that rightly won the Oscar for best picture. Liza Minelli is sublime as Sally Bowles not only on stage but off and the whole mood of the film is spot on.



Joel Grey is unforgettable as the host and Michael York reminds us of what a fine actor he once was. 


It's stage show set pieces are memorable and such numbers as Mein Herr, Life is a Cabaret, Money and it's finale the unforgettable, Tomorrow Belongs To Me leave a lasting impression. This is a movie where all off the players are at the top of their game.


The movie is full of sparkling dialogue and contains many a dark moment to offset Sally's kookiness. Cabaret is considered a musical, and if that it the case it is surely the best movie of that category ever made.


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

THE EYES HAVE IT 4: HITCHCOCK SPECIAL














Vertigo
Frenzy
The Wrong Man
Psycho
Family Plot
Psycho
Suspicion
The Lodger
Spellbound
Rear Window
Stage Fright
The Birds
Spellbound

Monday, 8 June 2015

UNMADE HITCHCOCK: KALEIDOSCOPE (1967)


Kaleidoscope Frenzy was the working title for an unrealised Alfred Hitchcock project to be released as Kaleidoscope. He had the screenplay, location stills and test footage but his neorealist serial killer movie never saw the light of day. We will never know if this new direction for Hitch would have taken him to new heights but the images of the project give a glimpse into what might have been