A Thought About Col. Kurtz
Kurtz in APOCALYPSE NOW speaks in favor of being, in his view, "honest" in how you wage war, and he associates massive brutality with said honesty. There are people who think he's better than the hypocrites running the war for this.
No, Kurtz is the spirit of My Lai. Remember he is the villain. Not some fount of wisdom.Read more »
Labels: 1970s, film
MAHLER (Ken Russell, 1974)
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Most music biopics are dispensable garbage. Ken Russell was one of the few directors(Tony Palmer would be another) who really understands music and creativity, who did films that try to think about music and the way it feeds our imaginations for good and for ill. And that is why MAHLER is one of the greatest films about music ever made.
Labels: 1970s, film, ken russell, music
The Shadow of the Tower (1972)
A little-known series that was meant as a follow-up to the much more famous Elizabeth R, about her grandad.
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Labels: 1970s, history, TV, UK
Vladrushka: The Kulak's Daughter - Source Films
The next big thing in VLADRUSHKA 3 will be my long-simmering big Vladrushka parody THE KULAK'S DAUGHTER, and while I won't be able to resume work on it till June when I'm done moving (and if you're in the East Bay and know of a decent cat-friendly studio or one-bedroom please feel free to tell me in the comments) here's a playlist of the films used as parody and reference material.
Labels: film, my comics, Russia, soviet union, vladrushka