Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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Slow-Burning Infidelity and Madness in A.W. Sandberg’s The Golden Clown / Klovnen (1926)

Slow-Burning Infidelity and Madness in A.W. Sandberg’s The Golden Clown / Klovnen (1926)

January 29, 2018 | By

Review of A.W. Sandberg’s epic melodrama about infidelity, The Golden Clown / Klovnen (1926), restored in 2006 and screened with live music by Jeff Rapsis at the Revue Cinema January 28, 2017.

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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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Career High Points: The Hospital (1971) + The Valachi Papers (1972)

Career High Points: The Hospital (1971) + The Valachi Papers (1972)

January 23, 2018 | By

Two career peaks are profiled via Twilight Time Blu-rays: George C. Scott in The Hospital (1971) + Charles Bronson in The Valachi Papers (1972).

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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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Bloodying It Up When You’re Going Down

Bloodying It Up When You’re Going Down

January 22, 2018 | By

A lengthy comparative review of Dick Maas’ extremely fun killer elevator diptych – 1983’s The Lift / De lift + the 2001 English remake Down / The Shaft, both on Blu via Blue Underground.

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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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Andre De Toth’s Nihilistic Diptych: Play Dirty (1969) + El Condor (1970)

Andre De Toth’s Nihilistic Diptych: Play Dirty (1969) + El Condor (1970)

January 8, 2018 | By

Underrated director Andre De Toth’s last two films are spotlighted: the nihilistic Play Dirty (1969) on Blu from Twilight Time + El Condor (1970) on DVD from Warner Archives.

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BR: Play Dirty (1969)

BR: Play Dirty (1969)

January 8, 2018 | By

A key reason why Andre De Toth’s last film as director remained an obscurity on home video is the film’s stark cynical tone and ultimately nihilistic finale which must have had UA executives wondering how to market a movie where the punchline is essentially Life is Shit…

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