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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Brad Davis, Matt Smith, Richard Burton, Daniel Radcliffe - TRUE stories! gay int



Fassbinder's Querelle (1982) Brad Davis & Jeanne Moreau

Querelle is a 1982 film starring Brad Davis and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, adapted from French author Jean Genet's 1947 novel Querelle de Brest. It marked Fassbinder's final film as a writer/director; it was posthumously released just months after the director died of a drug overdose in June 1982. 

Stars: Brad Davis, Franco Nero and Jeanne Moreau 






Staircase (1969) Richard Burton, Rex Harrison ~ gay ground breaking film

Staircase is a 1969 film adaptation of a two-character play, also called Staircase, by Charles Dyer. The film, like the play, is about an aging gay couple who own a barber shop in the East End of London. One of them is a part-time actor about to go on trial for propositioning a police officer. The action takes place over the course of one night as they discuss their loving but often volatile past together and possible future without each other.

The two main characters are named Charles Dyer (the name of the playwright/screenwriter) and Harry C. Leeds, which is an anagram of his name.

The screenplay was written by Dyer, and the film was directed by Stanley Donen. Dyer "opened up" the script to show the couple's neighborhood, expanded the action to cover a period of ten days, and added characters. Rex Harrison and Richard Burton portrayed the couple and Cathleen Nesbitt and Beatrix Lehmann were featured as their mothers. The film was produced by 20th Century Fox.

Because of Great Britain's tax laws, the stars insisted that the film be shot in Paris, which added to the film's budget, already inflated by their salaries ($1 million for Harrison, $1.25 million for Burton). 

Reportedly Elizabeth Taylor was shooting 1970's The Only Game in Town at the same time as this film was in production. While that film is set in Las Vegas, Taylor demanded that director George Stevens shoot in France so she could be close to her husband. This caused the budget of The Only Game in Town to grow higher than most large-scale, high-profile films that Fox was producing at the time.

The film's score was composed by musician/comedian Dudley Moore.

The film was rated R by the MPAA. Instead of marketing it as the comedy-drama it was, the studio treated it like a camp comedy. It was panned by most critics, including Roger Ebert, who gave it one star in his review and called it "an unpleasant exercise in bad taste . . . [Donen] gives us no warmth, humor or even the dregs of understanding. He exploits the improbable team of Rex Harrison & Richard Burton as a sideshow attraction.

Rarely seen on television, the film was broadcast by Turner Classic Movies during its June 2007 tribute to gay cinema. Noting this broadcast, a month later film critic Armond White called the film "a rare Hollywood movie to depict gay experience with wisdom, humor and warmth", and "a lost treasure".

Starring Rex Harrison & Richard Burton
Directed & Produced by Stanley Donen
Written by Charles Dyer
Music by Dudley Moore
Running time: 96 min







TRUE STORY! Kill Your Darlings (2013) Daniel Radcliffe

Kill Your Darlings is a 2013 American biographical drama film written by Austin Bunn and directed by John Krokidas in his feature film directorial debut. The film had its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, garnering positive first reactions. It was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and it had a limited theatrical North American release from October 16, 2013. 

The story is about the college days of some of the earliest members of the Beat Generation (Lucien Carr, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and David Kammerer), their interactions, and the killing in Riverside Park. 

Rope (1948) Alfred Hitchcock directs James Stewart & Farley Granger &
Christopher And His Kind (2011) Matt Smith - 1 DVD

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Rope is a 1948 American psychological crime thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the 1929 play of the same name by Patrick Hamilton and adapted by Hume Cronyn and Arthur Laurents.

The film was produced by Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein as the first of their Transatlantic Pictures productions. Starring James Stewart, John Dall and Farley Granger, this is the first of Hitchcock's Technicolor films, and is notable for taking place in real time and being edited so as to appear as a single continuous shot through the use of long takes.

It is the second of Hitchcock's "limited setting" films, the first being Lifeboat.

The original play was said to be inspired by the real-life murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks in 1924 by University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb.





Christopher and His Kind is a 2011 BBC television film. It tells the story of Christopher Isherwood's life in Berlin in the early 1930s. 

The film, adapted by Kevin Elyot from Isherwood's autobiography Christopher and His Kind, was produced by Mammoth Screen and directed by Geoffrey Sax. Isherwood is played by Matt Smith, whilst the cast also includes Toby Jones, Douglas Booth, Imogen Poots and Iddo Goldberg.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Still Breathing (1998) Brendan Fraser, Joanna Going, Lou Rawls


Still Breathing is a 1998 drama feature film starring Brendan Fraser and Joanna Going. Con artist Rosalyn Willoughby (Going) in Hollywood and puppeteer Fletcher McBracken (Fraser) in San Antonio have the same dream, which links them to each other. He travels to L.A. to find her, but at first she resists him. The film is set in Los Angeles, California, San Antonio, and San Marcos, Texas.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Arsenic & Old Lace (1969 & 1944) Lillian Gish, Helen Hayes, Cary Grant, Bob Crane, Fred Gwynne


 




Arsenic and Old Lace is a 1944 American dark comedy film directed by Frank Capra, starring Cary Grant, and based on Joseph Kesselring's play Arsenic and Old Lace. The script adaptation was by Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein.

Capra actually filmed the movie in 1941 because of star Cary Grant's availability, but it was not released until 1944, after the original stage version had finished its run on Broadway. The lead role of Mortimer Brewster was originally intended for Bob Hope, but he could not be released from his contract with Paramount. Capra had also approached Jack Benny and Ronald Reagan before learning that Grant would accept the role. 

Boris Karloff played Jonathan Brewster, who "looks like Karloff," on the Broadway stage, but he was unable to do the movie as well because he was still appearing in the play during filming, and Raymond Massey took his place.

The film's supporting cast also features Priscilla Lane, Jack Carson, Edward Everett Horton and Peter Lorre.

Josephine Hull and Jean Adair portray the Brewster sisters, Abby and Martha, respectively. Hull and Adair, as well as John Alexander (who played Teddy Roosevelt), were reprising their roles from the 1941 stage production.

Hull and Adair both received an eight-week leave of absence from the stage production that was still running, but Karloff did not as he was an investor in the stage production and its main draw. The entire film was shot within those eight weeks. The film cost just over $1.2 million of a $2 million budget to produce.








Lillian Gish & Helen Hayes ~ Arsenic & Old Lace (1969) Bob Crane & Fred Gwynne
co-starring Billy De Wolfe, Richard Deacon, Bob Dishy, Jack Gilford, Sue Lyon, Elaine Harper & David Wayne

Aired: April 2nd, 1969 - ABC Movie of the Week
Director: Robert Scheerer
Writers: Luther Davis, Joseph Kesselring (play)

NOTE: The original aired in Color. This DVD is from a Black and White 16mm master -- 16mm screening print for advertisers, television stations, etc. It resembles the 1944 version more than one could imagine because of that. Complete, un-cut ~ perfect!

“It's hard, if not impossible, to remake a classic. Since its theatrical release in 1944 only one attempt has been made to remake Frank Capra's ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ and the fact that it came in the form of a "made for TV" movie made it seem, at first glance, even greater sacrilege. The production is, nonetheless, first class. Bob Crane (Hogan's Heroes) just shines as the befuddled newlywed Mortimer Brewster, suddenly confronted with the fact that his gene pool was more like a fetid DNA swamp of psychotic chromosomes. Careful updating of the original play only served to make it perhaps more appealing to contemporary audiences without detracting from the perfection of its predecessor. Casting was beyond reproach. Who could possibly protest Lillian Gish and Helen Hayes (Academy Award Winners) as the sweet, dotty albeit homicidal aunts or Fred Gwynne (The Munsters) as the ominous brother Jonathan. This version is seldom if ever shown but if you ever get a chance to see it, do. It is an updated interpretation of the original and every bit as good.”

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

James Stewart, Paulette Goddard, Henry Fonda, Dorothy Lamour, Fred MacMurray, Rosalind Russell




On Our Merry Way (1948) Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Dorothy Lamour, Victor Moore and Fred MacMurray

On Our Merry Way (1948) is an American comedy film, produced by Benedict Bogeaus and Burgess Meredith, and released by United Artists. 


At the time of its release, King Vidor and Leslie Fenton were credited with its direction.  The screenplay by Laurence Stallings and Lou Breslow, based on an original story by Arch Oboler, is similar in style to that of Tales of Manhattan (1942), another anthology film made up of several vignettes linked by a single theme. 

The picture stars Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Dorothy Lamour, Victor Moore and Fred MacMurray, and marks the first joint movie appearance of Stewart and Fonda, who play a pair of musicians in their section of the film.

and



No Time for Comedy (1940) James Stewart, Rosalind Russell

No Time for Comedy is a 1940 comedy-drama film based on the play of the same name by S. N. Behrman, starring James Stewart, Rosalind Russell, Genevieve Tobin and Charles Ruggles.

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Multiple Maniacs (1970), Female Trouble (1974) Divine, Mink Stole by John Waters


Multiple Maniacs (1970)

Multiple Maniacs is a 1970 American comedy film by American cult filmmaker John Waters; his second feature film.

The film features several actors who were part of the Dreamland acting troupe for Waters' films, including Divine, Mary Vivian Pearce, David Lochary, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, and Cookie Mueller.

The title pays tribute to Herschell Gordon Lewis's 2000 Maniacs, as Waters states in his book Shock Value.

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Female Trouble (1974)

Female Trouble is a 1974 dark comedy film co-composed, filmed, co-edited, written, produced, and directed by John Waters starring Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Michael Potter, Cookie Mueller, and Susan Walsh.

The film is dedicated to Manson Family member Charles "Tex" Watson. Waters' prison visits to Watson inspired the "crime is beauty" theme of the film and in the film's opening credits, Waters includes a wooden toy helicopter that Watson made for him.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

1975 - Horror - Peter Fonda, Loretta Swit, Lara Parker, William Shatner, Ida Lupino, Ernest Borgnine



Race with the Devil (1975) Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit & Lara Parker

Race with the Devil is a 1975 American action horror film directed by Jack Starrett, written by Wes Bishop and Lee Frost, and starring Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, and Lara Parker. This was the second of three films Fonda and Oates would star in together (The Hired Hand was their first and 92 in the Shade was their third). The film was a hybrid of the horror, action and car chase genres.



Devil’s Rain (1975)

The Devil's Rain is a 1975 low-budget horror film, directed by Robert Fuest. It was one of several B-films in which William Shatner starred between the original Star Trek television series and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. 

Other cast members included Tom Skerritt, Ernest Borgnine, Eddie Albert, Ida Lupino, Keenan Wynn and John Travolta in his film debut in a minor role. 

Satanist Anton LaVey is credited as the film's technical advisor and appeared in the film playing a minor role.

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David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars (1973), Story of Ziggy Stardust (2012)





Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - The Motion Picture (1973)

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (sometimes called Bowie 1973) is a 1973 documentary and concert film by D. A. Pennebaker. It features David Bowie and his backing group The Spiders from Mars performing at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on 3 July 1973.[1] At this show, Bowie made the sudden surprise announcement that the show would be "the last show we'll ever do",  later understood to mean that he was retiring his Ziggy Stardust persona.

The full-length 90-minute film spent years in post-production before finally having its theatrical premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival on 31 August 1979.

Prior to the premiere, the 35 mm film had been shown in 16mm format a few times, mostly in United States college towns. A shortened 60-minute version was broadcast once in the USA on ABC-TV in October 1974.

In 1983, the film was finally released to theatres worldwide, corresponding with the release of its soundtrack album entitled Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture.

The following year, in 1984, the film was released to home video under the title, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture. 

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David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust (2012)

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Director: James Hale
Stars: Jarvis Cocker, David Bowie, Marc Almond 

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Silent Film GREATS! Lillian Gish & Mary Pickford 46 DVDs 60 films $50 FREE ship USA


Lillian Gish & Mary Pickford - life-long friends...







Mary Pickford
1st Film “Superstar!"
20 DVDs - 27 films

  1. Little Annie Rooney (1925)
  2. Poor Little Rich Girl (1917) & Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917)
  3. Cinderella (1914) & Through the Back Door (1921)
  4. Madame Butterfly (1915; recorded by Intl. collector on video - 
     changing numbers appear but do not detract from image) & SUDS (1920)
  5. The Pride of the Clan (1917) & M’Liss (1918)
  6. Johanna Enlists (1918) Based upon a true story!
  7. Daddy Long Legs (1919)
  8. Stella Maris (1920)
  9. Love Light (1921)
10. My Best Girl (1927)
11. Tess of the Storm Country (1914) & Tess of the Storm Country (1922)
12. Coquette (1929)
13. The Hoodlum (1919)
14. Mary Pickford, American Experience; PBS (2007)
15. Rosita (1923)
16. A Romance of the Redwoods & The Little American (1917) 
     Dir. Cecil B. DeMille
17. Little Princess (1917) / Amarilly of Clothesline-Alley (1918)
18. Sparrows (1926)
19. Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921)
20. The Heart O’ the Hills (1919) & Pollyanna (1920)



Al Pacino, Miss Gish, Princess Grace










Miss Lillian Gish Collection
26 DVDs / 33 films

  1. A Romance of Happy Valley (1918)
  2. The Greatest Question (1920)
  3. Hearts of the World (1918) w/Dorothy Gish
  4. Intolerance (1916)
  5. Romola (1924 ) w/Dorothy Gish, William Powell
  6. True Heart Susie (1919) w/Robert Harron (Original score by Brian Pinette)
  7. Birth of A Nation (1915)/Broken Blossoms (1919)
  8. The White Sister (1923) w/Ronald Colman
  9. 3 - D.W. Griffith shorts on 1 DVD ~
     An Unseen Enemy (1912) with Dorothy Gish - their first film
     Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912), The Mothering Heart (1913)
10. Huckleberry Finn (1985) with Butterfly McQueen
11. Body in the Barn; Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1964) Lillian Gish
12. Home Sweet Home (1914) & Sold for Marriage (1916)
13. Battle at Elderbush Gulch (1912) & Judith of Bethulia (1914)
14. His Double Life (1934) & The Swan (1930)
15. Way Down East (1920)
16. Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942) Paul Muni, Anna Lee
17. Arsenic & Old Lace (1969) with Helen Hayes
18. Orphans of the Storm (1921) Dorothy Gish
19. La Boheme (1926) John Gilbert
20. The Scarlet Letter (1926) Lars Hanson
21. The Wind (1927) Lars Hanson
22. The Enemy (surviving footage, 3/4 film) / Annie Laurie (1927) – 1 DVD
23. The Whales of August (1987) Bette Davis, Ann Sothern Vincent Price
24. The Night of the Hunter (1955) Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters
25. Warning Shot (1967)
26. Hambone & Hillie (1983)

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