LE SAUVAGE

1975; directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau; written by Jean-Loup Dabadie, √Člisabeth Rappeneau and Jean-Paul Rappeneau; 107 mins

[No english language trailer, sorry]

So, here’s a film I saw completely out of the blue, basically because it’s the last screening that I could get to this year at the Dunedin Film Society and I needed to use up my three-ticket pass. Went in completely unaware of what it was other than it was an old French rom-com. Now! I’ve nothing against rom-coms (per se) but recently, doing the weekly reviews, the genre that has stood a mile out for sheer awfulness has been French rom-coms! Continue reading

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THE DEVIL RIDES OUT

1968; directed by Terence Fisher; adapted by Richard Matheson; 86 mins

Possibly the most frightfully English horror film I’ve ever seen, presented by the iconic Hammer, adapted by American genre legend Richard Matheson from the novel of the same name by Dennis Wheatley, stamped up front with the good old ‘X’ certificate and featuring not one but two Bond villains in the shape of Charles Gray and Christopher Lee! Suffice to say, it was promising going in and it delivers – providing that you’re willing to leave your cynicism at the door… Continue reading

GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL

1957; directed by John Sturges; adapted by Leon Uris; 116 mins

So, here’s an example of a film that is more interesting for it’s various historical curiosities rather than it’s own merits as a western. John Sturges‘ star vehicle which, it seems, actually helped make the titular gunfight iconic (alongside My Darling Clementine and Stuart Lake’s 1931 biography of Wyatt Earp) is the kind of Golden Oldie western that you look back on and think: “Thank God for the 60s!” Continue reading

HUD

1963; directed by Martin Ritt; adapted by Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch; 107 mins

How times change. Apparently, the character of Hud Bannon became sort-of a counter culture icon in the 60s because he was seen as the free-wheelin’ rebel young people wanted, thumbing his nose at tradition and the ways of the Old West. If Hud, the movie, were made now, I think young people would see him for the bastard he’s portrayed as. Continue reading