I started off the week by watching a most entertaining 1964 film by a most colourful director, Samuel Fuller, The Naked Kiss.
I read Vamp: The Rise and Fall of Theda Bara by the always knowledgeable and enjoyable author, Eve Golden. I had originally begun reading the book William Fox and the Fox Film Corporation: A Biography and a Chronicle by an author I have met on a few occasions, Merill McCord, but when Bara was mentioned as Fox’s first full-fledged star, I became side-tracked, remembering that a friend had given me her bio, and went off on that tangent.
This was a slow week with regard to watching film as I only managed to view two. Instead, I binged on Season 3 of the dystopian A Handmaid’s Tale. I know I will watch Season 4, along with many other series such as Homeland, Mindhunter, the best and worst being The Fall, but I have come to the conclusion that I shouldn’t. Unfortunately, I don’t much care for comedy and these stories are so well written and intriguing, that I find it hard to “put them down”. It’s the same with reading fiction. Give me a crime story over light fare.
Toronto Film Society’s Fall/Winter Film Buffs 72nd Series began and I attended both the Sunday afternoon and Monday evening screenings. This meant I began the week with two sets of double bills.
Here are five films ranging from 1946 to 2018:
You know when you’re thinking of a list of things and you feel like you’ve left something out but you can’t remember what it is for the life of you. That’s what I thought when I wrote about the films I saw the previous week; that I left one off the list. And it was:
I have no idea if I’ll want to do this on a weekly basis, but today I felt like it. I watched five films since last Sunday and all of them had something that distinguished them from just the ordinary.
This is my very short story of meeting director Edward Dmytryk.
Here’s my story about my meeting director Norman Jewison.