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Marcoc 7: The Mother Lode for Retrosploitation. Yeah baby! | RETRO REVIEW by I.M.Clarke

By Ian M Clarke “The vintage style, the reproduction and reclamation of past fashions, original objects, and old looks, is a highly commoditised phenomenon.” – ‘Retro, faux-vintage, and anachronism: When Cinema Looks Back’   There are films that represent – unintentionally but blatantly – the zeitgeist of the period in which they are made. E.g., Blake Edwards’ films of the… Read more →

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McCabe and Mrs. Miller: A Snow Poem (The final Robert Altman article in a trilogy) | I.M. Clarke

McCabe and Mrs. Miller: A Snow Poem (The final Robert Altman article in a trilogy) | I.M. Clarke “…snow was… softly falling …upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill…It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the… Read more →

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M*A*S*H: Or Animal House Goes to Korea (The second Altman article in a series of three) | I.M. Clarke

Through early morning fog I see/ Visions of the things to be/ The pains that are withheld for me/ I realize and I can see/ That suicide is painless/ It brings on many changes/ And I can take or leave it if I please. * ‘Suicide Is Painless’, theme to M*A*S*H   I heard the best movie ever made about… Read more →

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Robert Altman: Let it Bleed (The first article in a series of three)

The Long Goodbye: Rip Van Winkle wakes up in 1973 By I.M. Clarke “[In The Long Goodbye] I decided that the camera should never stop moving. It was arbitrary… We would just put the camera on a dolly and everything would move or pan, but it didn’t match the action; usually it was counter to it. It gave me that… Read more →

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Eye of the Devil: Sharon Tate Breaks the Fourth Wall

Recently, on these pages, I wrote about Valley of the Dolls. A few oddly oriented cinephiles suggested that I pursue a brief ‘Sharon Tate homage’. And why not. Sharon Tate has become a cultural totem. Her grisly murder injected a lethal serum into the laid-back pop zeitgeist of L.A. circa 1969. Almost overnight, hippies weren’t seen as just passive tree-huggers… Read more →

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Valley of the Dolls Revisited: The Enduring Art of Awfulness

Article By I. M. Clarke Years ago, during a somewhat strained interview, I asked the director of a feature-length Canadian film why he’d said his work was destined to be a cult hit?  He replied that, after studying the most prominent cult films, he had compiled common characteristics and somehow melded them with his plodding narrative. Obviously, he missed the… Read more →