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Scene Is Believing: Touch of Evil

  All border towns bring out the worst in a country.” – Vargas This month Orson Welles’ 1958 classic Touch Of Evil gets the Scene Is Believing treatment as we celebrate that films opening sequence, one of, if not the, greatest continuous tracking shots in cinematic history. Welles had spent a decade in the Hollywood […]

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Scene Of The Crime: Casino Royale (1967)

  Throughout the history of cinema there have been spoofs and pastiches, tributes, and vainglorious failures. Then there is Casino Royale. To paraphrase Woody Allen’s character Fielding Mellish in Bananas, Casino Royale, in which he plays Jimmy Bond, the nephew of the great spy, is “a travesty. A travesty of a mockery of a sham.” […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Third Man

  The Sewer Chase, Vienna and Shepperton Studios Voted the greatest British film ever by the BFI in 1999, The Third man is a thick stew of international tensions in a blitzed, expressionist post-war Vienna. It features two American stars, German speaking (and untranslated) eccentic supports, and an idiosyncratic score that led to a craze […]

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Scene Is Believing: Catch-22

That’s some catch, that Citizen-22 Catch-22 has become a well known byword  for an impossible quandary or situation. The brilliantly delicious lunacy of Joseph Heller’s novel almost impossible to describe to those who haven’t read it, howling at the absurdities therein. In 1969, director Mike Nichols rolled up his sleeves and gave a film adaptation his […]

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The Great Unmade? Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune

Critics are abuzz with rave reviews of Frank Pavich’s documentary on one of the maddest, baddest gambles in Hollywood’s history – the still-born first serious attempt to adapt Frank Herbert’s ground breaking, Messianic Space Opera novel, Dune. The fall-out from the extensive, imaginative gathering of talent by visionary director Alejandro Jodorowsky before the plug was […]

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