Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 220: Thu Aug 8

No 1 Hell Drivers (Enfield, 1957): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.40pm

This rarely seen film, which screens as part of the Patrick McGoohan season at the BFI, is also being shown on Saturday August 3rd. More details here.

Time Out review:
Energetic and violent trucking thriller marked by the raw, angry edge of the best of blacklist victim Endfield's Hollywood work, and by his appreciation (shared, oddly enough, by fellow exile Joseph Losey) of the markedly out-of-the-mainstream talent of Stanley Baker. Playing an ex-con hired as one of a team of drivers forced to drive at dangerous speeds in rattletrap lorries over rugged roads to meet the daily quota of loads to be delivered (a touch of The Wages of Fear here), Baker further becomes involved in a deadly duel with a sadistic rival (McGoohan) on his way to smashing the haulage company's racket. Baker and Endfield eventually formed their own production company for Zulu.
Paul Taylor

Here are some clips.

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No2 Mommie Dearest (Perry, 1981): Hackney Picturehouse, 7.30pm

This is a screening organised by Amy Grimehouse. More details here.


Chicago Reader review:
In spite of its reputation, and thanks in part to Faye Dunaway's remarkable performance as Joan Crawford, this 1981 adaptation of Christina Crawford's memoir about her driven, abusive mother is arguably too good to qualify as camp, even if it begins (and fitfully proceeds) like a horror film. Director Frank Perry, who collaborated with three others (including producer Frank Yablans) on the script, gives it all a certain crazed conviction. Jonathan Rosenabum

Here's the Amy preview plus a link to THAT scene:

Why not give Joan the respect that she’s entitled to?
A night in celebration of Joan Crawford.
A screening of Mommie Dearest with full quote – scream – drink and wire hanger along.
Prize for the best Joan, cabaret, pin the eyebrows on the Joan, drinking and dancing till late. More to be announced.
Find the boys and the booze at Hackney Attic, 8 August.
And remember….No… wire… hangers. EVER

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