Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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Marilyn Lerner Talks Scoring Silent Film

Marilyn Lerner Talks Scoring Silent Film

February 21, 2018 | By

Jazz composer & improviser Marilyn Lerner discusses performing her scores live for silent films, including Frank Borzage’s Street Angel (1928) + the upcoming The Man Who Laughs (1928) at Toronto’s Revue Cinema.

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The Relationship Between Bananas and Sex

The Relationship Between Bananas and Sex

February 17, 2018 | By

Reviews of two Woody Allen satirical classics – Bananas (1971) + Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) – on Blu via Twilight Time.

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BR: Bananas (1971)

BR: Bananas (1971)

February 17, 2018 | By

Woody Allen’s reteaming with Take the Money and Run (1969) co-writer Mickey Rose struck pure gold in this poke at contemporary politics in which a moron becomes the leader of a South American country after it undergoes a Cuba-like revolution…

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BR: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

BR: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

February 17, 2018 | By

One of the toughest challenges for any film built around a series of thematically connected sketches is consistency of quality, and offering enough variation so that no segment is redundant nor feels disconnected from the original concept. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex…

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In With the New: My Cousin Rachel (1952) + Admiral (2015) on Blu

In With the New: My Cousin Rachel (1952) + Admiral (2015) on Blu

February 13, 2018 | By

Making their debut on Blu on this side of the pond are the Dutch marine classic Admiral / Michiel de Ruyter (2015) from XLrator, and Richard Burton’s U.S. debut with Olivia de Havilland in My Cousin Rachel (1952) via Twilight Time.

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Dear Guelda, Part 2: Julian Roffman Rediscovered in Print + Film

Dear Guelda, Part 2: Julian Roffman Rediscovered in Print + Film

February 9, 2018 | By

Follow-up profile of pioneering filmmaker Julian Roffman includes a book review of Dear Guelda, reviews of selected short films, and the features Sarumba (1950), The Bloody Brood (1959), and Spy in Your Eye (1965).

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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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