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  • New York 1911

    New York 1911


    Watched as part of the Pordenone Film Festival 2020 (online). An exceptional copy of the now-famous footage of New York over a century ago.

  • Elstree Calling

    Elstree Calling

    Film #18 for my Hitch in Time Project.

    England's answer to Hollywood musical extravaganzas, Elstree Calling features a series of skits and musical numbers simulcast on both radio and television, with a plot loosely tied together by the conceit of a London man trying to receive the signal on his tangled mess of a television set.

    There are a couple of impressive musical performances by Teddy Brown and his accompanying orchestra, some beautiful segments including the animated art deco credits…

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  • Murder at the Vanities

    Murder at the Vanities

    We pre-Code film fans, as a group, really need to stop going ga-ga over any movie with moderately salacious content. The days of having only a couple dozen pre-Codes to fawn over are long gone, and we can afford to bypass films like MURDER AT THE VANITIES, with only tepid naughtiness to balance out the complete ineptitude.

    Sure, MATV is offensive; it's a pre-Code from 1934, it's practically required to be offensive. It's notable, however, for being one of the…

  • The Love Witch

    The Love Witch


    Absolutely nails the look of late 60s occult B-movies, with a healthy dose of early 70s arthouse porn and ABC Mystery Movie aesthetic thrown in for flavor. The film does well capturing the weirdness of the era, like a cheap film's make-up budget being spent entirely on the lead while the remaining actresses look washed out and bland, and outdoor sets being the producer's back yard dressed up with a couple of tiki torches.

    But stilted acting, velvet draperies and…