Some kind of a man
Touch of Evil, Beyond the Reach, Mothra
In July the BFI celebrates Orson Welles’s greatness with an extensive season including the return of Touch of Evil to the big screen, newly restored and presented in the 1998 re-edited version, based on Welles’s suggested alterations to the studio’s cut. Also out in cinemas are Beyond the Reach, Jean-Baptiste Léonetti’s follow-up to dystopian science fiction masterpiece Carré Blanc, along with Robert Carlyle’s barber-turned-serial-killer comedy The Legend of Barney Thompson and another classic treat: Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera.
With the festival season in full swing, we take a look at the highlights at Karlovy Vary and this year’s East End Film Festival, including a special Reel Sound column on the brand new original score to Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s neo-giallo The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, which will be presented by Edinburgh-based musician Ben Power (Blanck Mass, Fuck Buttons) for the first time as part of EEFF’s special events programme on 10 July.
In features, we also have a new Film Jukebox by retro-futuristic pop artist Princess Chelsea, while crime author Anya Lipska picks Chinatown’s Jake Gittes as her filmic alter ego. Plus, in response to our recent comic strip review of Toho Studios 1961 monster movie Mothra by Claude T.C., illustrator Woodrow Phoenix takes a different but equally exciting approach to its sequel, Godzilla v Mothra.■
The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology
The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology (Strange Attractor Press) brings together Bill Morrison's chemical ghosts, 50s bad girls, apocalyptic evangelical cinema, Spanish zombies, Japanese nihilists and David Lynch's soundtracks of decay. 'Superb - a masterly accomplishment. Beautifully produced - and its content and vision could not be more accurate and timely.' - Peter Whitehead. Read the reviews.
To mark the first anniversary of her death in 2014, we celebrate the work of the leading lady of 1960s Czech New Wave, Věra Chytilová, over the next three months, including her iconic film Daisies (1966), the even more extraordinary Fruit of Paradise (1969) and her daring 1998 black comedy Traps, alomgside an article on the Czech New Wave and the Prague Spring and more.
Brian Yuzna and the Horror of Society
Alex Fitch talks to filmmaker Brian Yuzna about his work, from his memorable debut as producer of Stuart Gordon’s Re-animator, his underrated satire of 1980s American preppy culture, Society, and later career making sequels to several franchises, including Return of the Living Dead and Silent Night, Deadly Night.
Electric Sheep at EEFF 2015
On Saturday 4 July 2015, Electric Sheep will be presenting a screening of The Dead Eyes of London at the Masonic Temple, Andaz Hotel Liverpool Street, London, as part of the ‘From Murder to Mind Control’ weekend at the East End Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with celebrated film critic and author Kim Newman and Jim Harper, author of Flowers from Hell. Tickets are now on sale online.
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