Re: [a_film_by] Re: Ripleymania
- I've seen "The Chase" about twice but decades ago. I liked it very much,
and it has a scene, maybe five minutes, of true delirium, in which a
character as no idea what's happening, full of repetitions or
semi-repitions, that's great. If somenoe remembers the scene and likes
it as much as I do, feel free to provide a better description.
- Fred C.
- It's not fair, I think, to describe the "delirium" scene from
The Chase if some people are going to see it for the first time
soon because it's a major plot twist and kicks the movie into
a different register (which is partly what makes it memorable).
A number of elements in the film reminded me of Welles,
especially the Havana scenes that exude that sense of
rotting grandeur in Touch of Evil, and there's a baroque
sort of Chinese curio shop that seems straight out of Mr.
Arkadin. However, it seems a lot more erotic than other
Welles films, except of course Lady From Shanghai, and Ripley
plays with light and shadows and textures enough to satisfy
Sternberg! The lushly neurasthenic musical score (in high 1940s
style) is used in interesting ways too.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Fred Camper <f@f...> wrote:
> I've seen "The Chase" about twice but decades ago. I liked it very
> and it has a scene, maybe five minutes, of true delirium, in which
> character as no idea what's happening, full of repetitions or
> semi-repitions, that's great. If somenoe remembers the scene and
> it as much as I do, feel free to provide a better description.
> - Fred C.
- I was wondering if anyone on the list was planning on attending this
(in general, or more specifically the press invite early on opening day
with Christiane and Jan Harlan on hand) --
For me, this exhibit is the chance of a lifetime -- I'll probably
attend sometime in June.
> even the ocasional review of Thunder Road usually barely mentionsThe book KINGS OF THE B'S (edited by Todd McCarthy and Charles
> [Arthur Ripley's] existence).
Flynn, 1975) has a piece on THUNDER ROAD by Richard Thompson.
Although a big photograph of Arthur Ripley occupies the page
opposite the first page of the article ("Thunder Road: Maudit--'The
Devil Got Him First'"), the piece itself focuses entirely on
Mitchum. The one paragraph that seems to mention Ripley (from my
brief scan anyway) says he was a good choice to direct Mitchum's
vision because of his "Stone Age" shooting style.
I keep running into these relevant books at the library purely by
>Not quite - many of the key documents from the archives - like maybe
> For me, this exhibit is the chance of a lifetime -- I'll probably
> attend sometime in June.
3000 pp. worth! - will be available in book form one of these days,
when the girl laboring in the very same barn has finished her work,
as The Ultimate Kubrick. One of those books-in-a-box.
- --- In email@example.com, "Zach Campbell" <rashomon82@y...>
> Filipe:That description, of course, is uninformed, and typical of the style
> > even the ocasional review of Thunder Road usually barely mentions
> > [Arthur Ripley's] existence).
> The book KINGS OF THE B'S (edited by Todd McCarthy and Charles
> Flynn, 1975) has a piece on THUNDER ROAD by Richard Thompson.
even good critics use to write about low-budget films. The book also
contains the famous quote from Ulmer, who finished Prisoner of Japan
at PRC when AR fell ill. "Ripley was a very sick man. Bogdanovich:
Mentally or physically? EGU: Mentally AND physically."
Filipe, I was only able to see Candle in the Wind at the home of a
friend, Lee Sanders, who sold his 16 print to the French
Cinematheque. I hope they are preserving it. It's a beautiful film,
and possible the most despairing film ever made.
- There is some material on Ripley in Lee Server's Robert Mitchum
biography (St. Martin's Press, 2001). Ripley is described as a heavy
drinker with strange personal habits ("he seldom changed clothes or
bathed... he looked so frighteningly unkempt that intermediaries hid
him under blankets" when Walter Wanger visited the set of a film
Ripley was shooting for Wanger; I presume this was I Met My Love
Server quotes Joshua Logan as calling Ripley "a true movie man.... He
knew everything there was to know. An inspired man, almost a
Matthew Bernstein's book on Walter Wanger says that Ripley suggested
ideas for scenes that were added to Borzage's History Is Made at
Night after the film had been finished and previewed.
Edgar G. Ulmer told Peter Bogdanovich that Ripley was "a sick man...
mentally and physically."
Was it mentioned here already that Ripley directed some of the best
W. C. Fields shorts?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Zach Campbell" <rashomon82@y...>
> > For me, this exhibit is the chance of a lifetime -- I'll probablyWell, in the "flesh" and all. A catalogue of the exhibit will also be
> > attend sometime in June.
> > craig.
> Not quite - many of the key documents from the archives - like maybe
> 3000 pp. worth! - will be available in book form one of these days,
> when the girl laboring in the very same barn has finished her work,
> as The Ultimate Kubrick. One of those books-in-a-box.
purchasable -- you can download a PDF of the order-form from the
exhibit's site to print out and mail in.
Is the Taschen project the books of the archive documents that you're
referring to? I know they've got one massive general volume of
works-in-progress and then some ('Aryan Papers,' 'Wartime Lies,'
'A.I.') planned for some point in the future, with Christiane's full
involvement -- and they're putting another volume together that will be
dedicated solely to 'Napoleon,' reproducing his "master script" in full
Ah, here it is, found the site. The project is called Kubrick:Oeuvre --
Again, joyous excitement -- from me at least.
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- I should also note that in the Weekend magazine supplement of The
Guardian today, there's a big article on the archives in Hertfordshire
-- I don't think this is available online, but I could be wrong. If I
can't find a copy in New York this weekend, a friend already has one
and is making scans for me, so if anyone is interested, just email me
privately and I'll forward them on once I receive them.