Tag: Julian Roffman

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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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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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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Put the Mask On… Put… the Mask… on NOW !

Put the Mask On… Put… the Mask… on NOW !

May 16, 2016 | By

Review of KINO’s 3D Blu-ray and DVD editions of Julian Roffman’s The Mask (1961) + audio and visual podcast editions of bonus media / Editor’s Blog.

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BR: Mask, The (1961)

BR: Mask, The (1961)

May 16, 2016 | By

The Mask was Julian Roffman’s second attempt at feature film directing, having tried to kick start the Canadian film industry with a cautionary tale of social ills with The Bloody Brood (1959), a film also notable for being Peter Falk’s feature film debut…

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Stagecoach 2.0

Stagecoach 2.0

October 28, 2011 | By

Review of Twilight Time’s gorgeous Stagecoach (1966) DVD, plus some editorial blather on remakes, and Kritzerland’s new 2-disc Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) CD set, plus multimedia links.

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