Keeping Track (May 31, 2012)
by HELEN GEIB
Last Week at the Movies
My film fest stamina isn’t what it once was. I took in a mere eight movies over three days at Cinevent, the annual classic film festival held in Columbus, Ohio over Memorial Day weekend (consider that three of those eight were only about an hour long, and that count really isn’t much!). Highly unusual for me, I saw more sound films than silents this year.
The Headless Horseman (1922)- highlights are Will Rogers as Ichabod and a very fine night ride
The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)- unmemorable although it should be said Perry Mason interpreted by Warren William came a lot closer to Erle Stanley Gardner’s original (and I always get a kick out of watching what he does with his eyebrows)
The Shock Punch (1925)- a disjointed mess of a comedy starring Richard Dix
Smoky (1946)- a nice Western for the whole family, with lovely Technicolor photography of Utah and Arizona and a typically likable Fred MacMurray
The Road to Yesterday (1925)- the program notes quoted a contemporary reviewer’s judgment that the story of this Cecil B. DeMille production “lacked clarity”; and how, yet it exerted a terrible fascination
The Princess and the Pirate (1944)- a good time with Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo, Victor McLaglen, Walter Brennan, and Walter Slezak
The Foreman Went to France (1942)- this excellent Ealing suspenser set in France as the tanks rolled in was my festival highlight
The breakdown of a so-so program: one great, two liked, one with points of interest, one eh, one bad, one must be seen to be believed.
Last Week at Home
Throwdown- had some film club friends over to watch it as a follow-up to Sanshiro Sugata as movie of the month in January
Sword of Desperation- how else could it end but in blood and betrayal?
Yeh Dillagi- a surprisingly successful variation on Sabrina
New in Theaters This Weekend
Fairy tale feminist revisionism continues with Snow White and the Huntsman. I’m not terribly sanguine but I’ll see it anyway.
What have you been watching? What are you looking forward to?