Episode #040 – Recommendations

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• Scream and Scream Again (1970)
Police hunt for a serial killer who is connected to a mysterious professor/surgeon (Vincent Price). But it’s more than that – it has an extremely fragmented structure = – almost three different stories – that sort of converge together by the end. Maybe.
Based on the novel – The Disorientated Man by Peter Saxon, it was taken up by script writer Christopher Wicking (Hammer films, The Professionals) and mashed up with what was in the air in the late 60s , into a complex (am I being too kind) plot (?) of cold war, science fiction and crime thriller. And that’s the thing: the genre of the piece moves continually from under your feet: from crime thriller to horror to conspiracy to science fiction.
It was superbly directed by Gordon Hessler, who imbued the film with some great visuals.
Starred Alfred Marks (whose name doesn’t appear on the film’s poster) it also included Vincent Price, Christopher Lee (a large cameo) and Peter Cushing (a small cameo)
It starts with a jogger , who collapses due to his heart, who ends up in a hospital with his legs amputated. Cut to an Eastern European militaristic country where and interrogator/torturer returns home and pressure point kills his superior. Then cut to a murder scene with the police officers investigating a dead girl. What is going on? Where’s the connection? It’s a very abstract beginning. Then there’s Vincent Price, the mysterious doctor/surgeon and his experiments.
Love the direction especially the cop scenes:
o Crane shot at beginning of police story line – tight shot of police examining a dead girl , then crane out as the police move away and head to their cars and then back to the cops again.
o Tracking shots in police station almost documentary style.
o 15 mins car chase/foot chase through some great locations in London and almost rural
o Strange audio in club – when girls talk no background – surreal

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North By Northwest – Arts Centre Melbourne 7 Feb 2016
For Two Weeks Only
The box office smash hit returns. The magic of film and theatre combine in this incredible production. Don’t miss Alfred Hitchcock’s supreme comedy of suspense live on stage!
Every twist, every thrill, every hairbreadth escape from Hitchcock’s original genius work is retained for this stunning new stage adaptation from director Simon Phillips and adapted for the stage by Carolyn Burns. Much-loved musical theatre and comedy superstar Gina Riley joins the existing stellar line up for the 2016 season, including Matt Day, Amber McMahon, Matt Hetherington, Nicholas Bell, Ian Bliss, Sheridan Harbridge, Leon Cain, Tony Llewellyn Jones, Lucas Stibbard and Lachlan Woods, plus another exciting addition to the cast, Lyall Brooks.
Roger O. Thornhill is a suave and successful advertising executive, abducted by thugs who insist he is a man called George Kaplan. Chaos ensues. When they don’t believe him, that’s infuriating. When they try to kill him, that’s frightening. And when they pin a murder on him, that’s time to run!
From New York to North Dakota, Thornhill is chased by spies, Feds, crop-dusting planes and the inevitable cool blonde. North By Northwest is a lightning paced thriller that mixed glamour with espionage for a truly irresistible cocktail.
“Brilliantly reimagined … A-grade entertainment”
Herald Sun
“Strokes of theatrical genius … slick and thoroughly entertaining”
The Age
“ALFRED Hitchcock’s North by Northwest is a witty chase movie blended with a spy thriller and naughty romance and this stage adaptation successfully captures its tone and style. Carol Burns’s clever script adaptation and Simon Phillips’ inventive direction create a deliciously entertaining and often goofy production that is a shrewd merging of cinematic and theatrical techniques. The production is exciting, funny, imaginative and seamlessly directed…”
Herald Sun, 2016 ★★★★

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• War and Peace (BBC)
War and Peace is a British historical period drama television serial first broadcast on BBC One on 3 January 2016. It’s a six-part adaptation of War and Peace by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, written by Andrew Davies and directed by Tom Harper. The serial stars Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton in the leading roles.
The series has attained high viewership on BBC One and received very positive reviews from critics.

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