Archive for category: Guest Contributor

What Ever Happened to the Laughs in ‘Oboler Comedy Theatre’?

18 November, 2013 (07:04) | Essays, Guest Contributor, Television | By: guest

By Matthew Rovner [Note: The UCLA kindly let me view the entire available copies of Oboler Comedy Theatre; however, I was not allowed to take pictures of any of the episodes. Therefore, this article will not have pictures from the program. I could not view one episode called Dog’s Eye View, because the kinescope negative […]

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Feature: Scarecrow Video

18 September, 2013 (12:45) | Guest Contributor | By: guest

by Mark Rahner, for Seattle Weekly I don’t worry about Google searches, but if the NSA profiles people by what they rent at Scarecrow Video, I’m on a few watch lists. On a recent two-for-one Wednesday, I’ve got a Nazisploitation flick, a couple of? ’60s Eurospy Bond knockoffs, and a spaghetti Western. Plus early-’70s Satanic-possession […]

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Magic Moments: ‘Before Sunset’

25 March, 2013 (16:05) | Essays, Guest Contributor | By: guest

by Evan Morgan Richard Linklater’s cinema is made of moments. This is not to say that his films are valuable only in pieces, or that the parts are greater than the whole, but rather, that Linklater’s films find deepest insights through small gestures and hushed glances. For all of the hyper-articulate dialogue spouted by Linklater’s […]

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Night of the Auk

18 March, 2013 (08:31) | Essays, Guest Contributor, Television | By: guest

By Matthew Rovner [Note: The television production of Night of the Auk is not available on home video in any format. The UCLA film library kindly let me view a video cassette of the production. However, I was not allowed to take any photos; nonetheless, there are pre-existing photos of the TV production, on the […]

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‘Family Plot': A Diamond in the Rough

6 March, 2013 (14:17) | Alfred Hitchcock, Essays, Guest Contributor | By: guest

by Evan Morgan Alfred Hitchcock’s career proper begins with a blonde girl’s dying scream and ends on a similarly coiffed woman’s knowing wink. These bookends aren’t indicative of some tonal change over the course of the master’s work; Hitchcock the tragedian and Hitchcock the jester have been here all along, harmoniously sharing the same stage […]

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‘Notorious’ – Radioactive Love

4 March, 2013 (13:33) | Alfred Hitchcock, Essays, Guest Contributor | By: guest

by Evan Morgan In Notorious, love is a weapon more corrosive than a heaping pile of uranium ore. And it has a longer half-life. This Nazi spy story slowly reveals the bruised, battered, but still beating heart pumping beneath its surface. As it does, it emerges as the Hitchcock love story par excellence, a bewitched […]

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Arch Oboler’s ‘Bewitched’ and its Alter Egos

18 February, 2013 (06:14) | Essays, Guest Contributor | By: guest

Matthew Rovner follows up his career overview of radio pioneer and film director Arch Oboler, published in 2009 on Parallax View, with this study of his 1945 film Bewitched. By Matthew Rovner Arch Oboler’s intriguing noir, Bewitched (1945), is a dark thriller about a woman with multiple personality disorder, now termed dissociative identity disorder (DID). […]

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Review: Tenant

15 November, 2011 (14:58) | Film Reviews, Guest Contributor, Roman Polanski | By: Movietone News contributor

By Norman Hale [Originally published in Movietone News 52, October 1976] Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible To feeling as to sight? or art thou but A dagger of the mind, a false creation Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain? —Macbeth In The Tenant Roman Polanski explores again the psychic terrain of guilt, dread, paranoia, fears […]

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Screening Los Angeles: An Interview with Thom Andersen

24 March, 2011 (06:33) | Documentary, Guest Contributor, Interviews | By: guest

By E. Steven Fried One of the great pleasures of SIFF 2004 was the opportunity to see Thom Andersen’s 169- minute video essay, Los Angeles Plays Itself. Utilizing hundreds of unauthorized clips of obscure and well-known films [you will never see this on DVD] Andersen poses the question:why is the most filmed city in the […]

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Houses, Phones and Cars: Domestic Spaces in Max Ophuls’ “The Reckless Moment”

9 August, 2010 (09:51) | Essays, Film Noir, Guest Contributor, Max Ophuls, Melodrama | By: Movietone News contributor

By Norman Hale [Originally published in Movietone News 58-59, August 1978] Max Ophuls, the great European film director, once observed in conversation with a friend that different love relationships are expressed by different tokens: traditionally a man gives fresh-cut flowers to his mistress, but a potted plant to his wife.* Social rituals with their attendant […]

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Getting What You Need: Changing Surrealist Vision in Luis Bunuel’s “Un Chien Andalou,” “Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie,” and “That Obscure Object Of Desire”

26 July, 2010 (11:14) | Essays, Guest Contributor | By: Movietone News contributor

[Originally published in Movietone News 58-59, August 1978] by Julie Ahrens Seeing ants crawl from a hole in a man’s hand, we don’t need to ask, “Is it a dream or is it real?” It’s surreal. That one creepy, iconic image is the essence of surrealism. In 1928 Luis Buñuel, the man with the razor, […]

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Ramin Bahrani’s Chop Shop: “It’s Alive!”

28 April, 2009 (10:40) | Essays, Film Reviews, Guest Contributor | By: guest

[ed. note: Director Ramin Bahrani arrives in Seattle to conduct a “Master Class” workshop for Northwest Film Forum on Tuesday, April 28. On Wednesday, April 29, Bahrani will introduce a special screening of his new film, Goodbye Solo, with a Q&A to follow, also at NWFF. To mark the occasion, Jim Emerson has allowed us […]

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What Ever Happened to Arch Oboler? (Part Two – 3D)

4 February, 2009 (19:48) | Directors, Essays, Guest Contributor | By: guest

[Part One of Matthew Rovner's overview of Arch Oboler's films career ran on Parallax View here. Part Two covers Oboler's efforts as a pioneer in 3D cinema.] SYMPATHY FOR BWANA DEVIL While in Kenya, Oboler became fascinated with The Man-Eaters of Tsavo (1907), written by adventurer and Zionist J.H. Patterson. The story was based on […]

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What Ever Happened to Arch Oboler? (Part One)

30 January, 2009 (00:21) | Directors, Essays, Guest Contributor | By: guest

[Arch Oboler's Five makes its home video debut on Tuesday, February 3. To mark the occasion, Oboler expert Matthew Rovner has contributed a brief history his film career. Part One covers his earliest films. ] Arch Oboler came to Hollywood out of the radio tube, but he never showed the visual flair of Orson Welles. […]

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