Hey Joe 12

Hey Joe
  When Joe Orton’s future agent, Peggy Ramsay, said she found his first play derivative, Joe blithely replied: “I’ll try ’n write you a better one, dear.” To which she answered: “That would be gorgeous!” Peggy was referring to his one act drama called ‘Ruffian on the Stair’ aired by BBC Radio on 31 August ...

The Fight for Superman 15

The Fight for Superman
  Superman is not only the most lucrative comic book superhero of all time, with countless spin-offs into films, animation and television, but he was also the first. Despite being a worthy tale, the Superman saga pales in comparison with his creators’ struggles to assert their rights over their property. In 1933, 17-year-old high school ...

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 1

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  The German silent film ‘The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari’ (1920) was one of the first films of the German Expressionist movement. A fantastic angular graphic design, with shadows painted directly onto the sets, emphasised not only the nightmare quality of the tale, essentially a descent into madness, but also cinema as art. While Caligari ...

A Humanist Manifesto? 2

A Humanist Manifesto?
This quote is Nicholas Roeg’s response to a reporter who asked about David Bowie’s huge coke habit during the time he was directing Bowie in the ‘Man Who Fell to Earth’. “You can’t reason someone out of anything. I am not into the guilt thing or trying to cure anyone of our humanity. Everybody has ...

The Golem 1

The Golem
  The silent German film ‘The Golem: How he came into the World’ (1920) was the last of a trilogy. In ‘The Golem’ (1915) the medieval creature commits a series of murders after being brought to life in contemporary Germany. The next ‘The Golem and the Dancing Girl’ (1917 – now lost) was a fantasy comedy/ ...
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