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Book: Dear Guelda – The Death and Life of Pioneering Canadian Filmmaker Julian Roffman (2017)

Book: Dear Guelda – The Death and Life of Pioneering Canadian Filmmaker Julian Roffman (2017)

February 9, 2018 | By

To fans of 3D cinema, especially its pre-1980s renaissance, Julian Roffman is recognizable as the director-producer of what was in 1961 Canada’s first 3D feature and feature-length horror film. The Mask was also one of the most financially successful productions and the first Canadian film to be distributed stateside by a major studio…

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Film: And So They Live (1940) / Up from the Ranks (1943) / The Proudest Girl in the World (1944) / Nahanni (1962)

Film: And So They Live (1940) / Up from the Ranks (1943) / The Proudest Girl in the World (1944) / Nahanni (1962)

February 9, 2018 | By

Reviews of 4 Selected Shorts by Julian Roffman: And So They Live (1940), Up from the Ranks (1943), The Proudest Girl in the World (1944), and Nahanni (1962).

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Film: Sarumba (1950)

Film: Sarumba (1950)

February 9, 2018 | By

Originally called Samba, this low budget production by poverty row studio Eagle-Lion Films was completed in 1947 but remained unreleased for 3 years largely because it was an utterly forgettable attempt to film a musical on location in Cuba…

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Film: Bloody Brood, The (1959)

Film: Bloody Brood, The (1959)

February 9, 2018 | By

After setting up Meridian Films, Canada’s first commercial video production house, Julian Roffman took another crack at feature film directing, and the gamble was this unusual crime film that riffs the Leopold-Loeb murders wherein two beatniks murder a kid for kicks…

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Film: Spy in Your Eye / Bang You’re Dead / Agente 077 – Berlino appuntamento per le spie (Operazione Polifemo) (1965)

Film: Spy in Your Eye / Bang You’re Dead / Agente 077 – Berlino appuntamento per le spie (Operazione Polifemo) (1965)

February 9, 2018 | By

By the mid-1960s, American International Pictures had a sort-of cozy relationship with Italian filmmakers, co-producing or handling the exclusive North American distribution of films that featured mainly U.S. stars (some in their twilight years) in whatever genre was in at the time…

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Film: Golden Clown, The / Klovnen (1926)

Film: Golden Clown, The / Klovnen (1926)

January 29, 2018 | By

Sweden’s Gösta Ekman is British circus clown Joe Higgins, a man of skill, humour, and agility with eyes for Daisy (Karina Bell), the acrobatic daughter of circus owner and ringleader James Bunding…

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BR: Hospital, The (1971)

BR: Hospital, The (1971)

January 23, 2018 | By

Preceding the bilious Oscar-winning black comedy Network (1977), The Hospital also earned writer-producer Paddy Chayefsky an Oscar for his similarly vicious script on a NYC inner city hospital whose innards and surrounding appendages are erupting with unrest and sudden deaths…

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BR: Valachi Papers, The (1972)

BR: Valachi Papers, The (1972)

January 23, 2018 | By

Released the same year as Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, The Valachi Papers is based on Peter Maas’ 1968 book which chronicled the real-life testimony of Joseph Valachi, a driver for the Genovese family whose federal testimony in 1963…

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BR: Lift, The / De lift (1983) + Down / The Shaft (2001)

BR: Lift, The / De lift (1983) + Down / The Shaft (2001)

January 22, 2018 | By

Singled out as Holland’s first horror feature, Dick Maas’ directorial debut is so low key that it’s easy to overlook the small directorial nuances which make The Lift stand out from the American counterparts Maas sought to evoke…

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Dear Guelda, Part 1: A Conversation with Peter Roffman

Dear Guelda, Part 1: A Conversation with Peter Roffman

January 12, 2018 | By

A lengthy podcast with Peter Roffman, editor / author of Dear Guelda: The Death and Life of Pioneering Canadian Filmmaker Julian Roffman, director of the CanCon 3D classic The Mask (1961), and so much more.

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