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Savoir-être: Josef von Sternberg’s ‘Morocco’

24 August, 2015 (08:47) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 37, November 1974] Marlene Dietrich first appeared to American audiences as a dark figure browsing over the deck of a ship in the fog somewhere off the coast of Morocco. Her visual treatment on this occasion is worth noting. Dietrich, as Amy Jolly, assumes a position at the rail and […]

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Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie)

8 July, 2015 (07:49) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 39, February 1975] “Sometimes dreams are really…” One way or another, all the really big guys make movies about themselves making movies. Luis Buñuel may be caught most conspicuously doing so at the beginning of his career, in Un Chien andalou, and at what must be temporarily accounted the end […]

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Me and My Gal

21 June, 2015 (09:59) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews, Raoul Walsh | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published on Straight Shooting at Queen Anne News, September 30, 2012] Just a quick recommend, before it’s too late. One of my very favorite movies is making a rare TV appearance Monday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m. West Coast time on Turner Classic Movies. To “very favorite” let me add an endorsement from an […]

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Review: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

15 June, 2015 (03:53) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 39, February 1975] There’s an air of bad faith, not unlike the scent of bathroom deodorizer, about Murder on the Orient Express. I’m as fond of “production values” as the next fellow, maybe fonder, but I don’t wish to be force-fed them by a soulless dietitian who knows what I […]

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Review: ‘Young Frankenstein’

8 June, 2015 (02:56) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 39, February 1975] If I suggest that Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein is more fond than funny, I don’t mean at all to imply that it isn’t funny. It is. But the first response of any devotee of classic horror films, especially the cycle out of Universal Studios in the Thirties […]

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‘Moonlighting’

16 May, 2015 (10:41) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally printed in a February 1983 issue of The Weekly—which is to say, three years before they changed the paper’s name to Seattle Weekly. The film, ultrarare for decades, has just been released on Blu-ray in the United States.] Moonlighting is some kind of masterpiece. Masterpieces of any sort are always welcome, but not in […]

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SIFFtings 2015 – Opening Weekend

13 May, 2015 (13:07) | by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson, by Sean Axmaker, capsules, Film Festivals | By: Kathleen Murphy

A few short takes on SIFF offerings on the debut weekend of the biggest, longest film festival in the United States. SPY (Paul Feig, USA, 2015; 120 minutes) Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) parlays Melissa McCarthy’s sly likeability and pratfalling genius into a dumb, feel-good spoof of the secret agent genre. When the jolly fat lady—an […]

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Mr. Arkadin

7 May, 2015 (17:11) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays, Orson Welles | By: Richard T. Jameson

[This is a program note written for “The Cinema of Orson Welles,” the Autumn 1971 film series of the University of Washington Office of Lectures & Concerts, and distributed at the November 9, 1971, showing of the film.] Mr. Arkadin is another of Welles’s European productions. The soundtrack is consequently erratic, and this, plus the […]

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Venerable, never: Richard T. Jameson Remembers Richard Corliss

26 April, 2015 (10:19) | by Richard T. Jameson, Obituary / Remembrance | By: Richard T. Jameson

The Variety headline read: “Richard Corliss, Venerable Time Film Critic, Dies at 71.” Why was this jarring? Not the news itself: that had already been broken by Corliss’s own magazine, which published a proud and affectionate eulogy for an invaluable colleague and assembled some highlights from his three-and-a-half decades’ work at 50 Rock. The fact […]

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Review: Rancho Deluxe

30 March, 2015 (08:45) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 40, April 1975] I have to be on the side of any film in which Harry Dean Stanton is ordered to “Hoover the Navajos”—i.e., vacuum-clean the Indian rugs. The line could only have been written by Tom McGuane, who’s made a specialty in recent years of writing almost surreally funny […]

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Love Among the Ruins: 1975 in Review

29 March, 2015 (12:55) | by Kathleen Murphy, by Peter Hogue, by Richard T. Jameson, by Richard Thompson, by Rick Hermann, by Robert C. Cumbow | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 47, January 1976] “We might pass this way again”—the line from the song recurs throughout Stations, Roger Hagan’s exquisite documentary that stood out at this year’s Motion Picture Seminar of the Northwest and later graced a Seattle Film Society showing of Antonioni’s Cronaca di un amore. I seem to be […]

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The bars on the window: Antonioni’s ‘The Passenger’ makes an overdue return voyage

23 March, 2015 (05:10) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Queen Anne News, Nov. 16, 2005] [The Passenger screens at the Seattle Art Museum on Tuesday, March 24; details here] My wife and I saw Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger at a matinee in 1975 and went straight to the studios of KRAB-FM to talk about it. There we discovered—on the air—that one […]

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Review: Love among the Ruins

16 March, 2015 (08:16) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews, Television | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 40, April 1975] The first of the best films of 1975 has been and gone, and won’t be back, at least at your naborhood theatre. Love among the Ruins appeared on ABC-TV on March 6; reportedly, an agreement with Sir Laurence Olivier ensures that it will never be released theatrically. […]

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Review: The Reincarnation of Peter Proud

15 March, 2015 (10:00) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews, Science Fiction | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 41, May 1975] Memory and mortality are, almost by structural definition, the two cloutiest themes movies can tackle. Memory is implicit in any film with the least vestige of form and design: we recognize correspondences between shots, scenes, movements, colors, lines of dialogue, inflections, intonations, anything, and something goes ding!, […]

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Review: The Yakuza

9 March, 2015 (07:11) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 40, April 1975] First things first: The way they say it in the movie is yaw-ku-zah and, as a headnote explains, the Yakuza were roughly parallel to the western’s good badmen—gamblers, con men, drifters with short swords and no samurai code of bushido to sustain them, sometime Robin Hood figures […]

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