Bluebeard’s Castle. Review by Alan Price. Bluebeard’s Castle is one of Michael Powell’s striking music films. And he’s made quite a few of them. Powell directs the opera’s singers / actors with a purposeful intensity.
The Cinema of Powell and Pressburger / The Red Shoes. Review by Alan Price. Since the 1970’s there have been extensive tributes to Michael Powell at the NFT and BFI Southbank. Of course they also included Powell’s collaborations with Emeric Pressburger.
The Lorenza Mazzetti Collection. Review by Alan Price. Franz Kafka was a major influence on director Lorenzi Mazzetti (1927 – 2020). Kafka’s real and fictional sense of anxiety and persecution helped to both disguise then channel the trauma of Mazzetti’s childhood.
Interrogation (Bugajski). Review by Alan Price. Two thirds of the way through Interrogation (1982) the police interrogator tells his female prisoner not to be so naïve to belief that her husband and friends couldn’t be complicit in informing on others, betraying their loved ones: for this is how the world works and she needs to wake up to the fact that “there is no unconditional honesty.”
Targets. Review by Alan Price. Although Peter Bogdanovich’s film Targets is usually categorised as a crime thriller I feel more comfortable calling it a suburban horror film. This is a chilling story of sniper Bobby Thompson (Tim O’Kelly) who goes on a killing spree: a motiveless Vietnam veteran turned psychopathic: a young, clean cut modern monster.