Upcoming Appearances at the American Cinematheque

I’ll be introducing the Netflix documentary mini-series FIVE CAME BACK based on Mark Harris’s best selling book on Thursday evening May 25 at the Aero Theater.

Between the second and third episodes, I’ll be in conversation with the director, Laurent Bouzereau.

Please note that this screening is FREE if you use the Eventbrite RSVP link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/five-came-back-tickets-34057525977
Here’s a link with more information about the screening:
http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/five-came-back-0

Five Came Back Netflix Docu-series Poster


On Sunday June 4, I’ll be hosting a screening of CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962) at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

Actress Candace Hilligoss will be on hand to discuss the film and her career. Candace will be signing her memoir The Odyssey and the Idiocy before the 8:00 pm screening.

Here are a couple of links about the screening and Candace:
http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/carnival-of-souls-0
http://www.candacehilligoss.com

carnival of souls poster alan k rode

 


ONE WAY STREET

 

Soldier in the Rain... and a favorite femme fatale

I watched Soldier in the Rain (1963) for the second time in my life this week. The initial viewing was on a local New York television station some four decades ago. I was many things different back then starting with “impressionable” followed by “young”. Soldier in the Rain resonated with me as a soulful vibe back in the long ago… and I discovered that it still does.

soldierintherain

Continue reading

A Worthy Charity Prize: Dinner with Eva Marie Saint!

 

Eva Marie Saint and her husband, documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Hayden, have made a donation to have dinner with a lucky contributor to the Children's Neurobiological Solutions research foundation.

 

Continue reading

Philip Yordan -- The Rest of the Story

 

In addition to my article about Phil Yordan, (here's a link to it on the Film Noir Foundation website), here are some other interesting details gleaned from my research about Yordan:

  • Claimed to have watched every movie with Jean Gabin who served as a model for his Western characters in Anthony Mann’s movies.
  • Believed that The Bravados wasn’t successful because director, Henry King, was too old.
  • Wanted to use the standing sets from Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) for something called, Luke the Magnificent for $1million from Paramount but Samuel Bronston turned him down.
  • His approach toward Joan Crawford to convince her about the script revisions on Johnny Guitar: “I’ll do anything you want. Anything you want, I gotta do”
  • During his glory days with Samuel Bronston, Yordan lived in a Paris apartment that had 28 foot ceilings in a 2 story complex at the foot of Avenue Victor Hugo.
  • Originally tried to cast Richard Burton as Jesus in King of Kings (1961), but after having trouble with his agent, used the $200,000 ticketed for Burton to cast all eight principal actors except the title role that ended up going to Jeffrey Hunter.

Yordan on Method Acting:

Continue reading

DVDs