Films for May 2007

Roger has promulgated this information in the newsletter. I handed out copies of this list to the members who attended the TFC meeting the evening of April 18, 2007. For the benefit of you absentees:

Here are the Producer’s picks for the month of May 2007.

 

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962) Director John Frankenheimer @ 127 minutes. It stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh, James Gregory, Henry Silva, and Khigh Dhiegh. This film is the benchmark for all political thrillers, all about conspiracy, brain washing of POW’s, communist witch hunts, military cover-ups, and nightmares. It is based on Richard Condon’s novel. Frank Sinatra exerted pressure that withheld distribution of this film for 20 years after the JFK assassination. This is a movie that gets better with every viewing.

 

BLOW UP (1966) Director Michelangelo Antonioni @ 111 minutes.

It stars David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, Jane Birkin, and John Castle.

It the midst of a swinging London during the mod 60’s, we find a successful photographer, whose lifestyle is a pastiche of parties, pop music, promiscuity, and drugs, and he feels that life is “boring”. But one eventful day after shooting in a local city park he blows up the negatives and realizes that he has photographed a murder.

 

THE CONVERSATION (1974) Director Francis Ford Coppola @ 113 minutes.

It stars Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Frederic Forrest, and Cindy Williams. Harry Caul is one of the world’s best surveillance experts. He performs brilliant wire tapping and eavesdropping operations for powerful and wealthy clients. Throughout his career he has never felt responsible for the possible damage or harm his work might produce—it was just a job; until now. He begins to suspect that a couple he is spying upon might be murdered if he turns in his tapes, and his crisis of conscience is devasting.

 

There were no theatrical films opening that merited our attention for next month. That was our original feeling back on April 3rd, when the Producer’s Committe met. However, I would be remiss if I did not point out that both the Robert Rodreguez/Quintin Tarentino film GRINDHOUSE, and the new Anthony Hopkins film, FRACTURE are not worthy of a viewing. We will not have time to discuss these films at our next meeting, but go see them anyway.

 

Glenn

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About Glenn Buttkus

Former actor and Special Ed teacher for the blind, newly retired, spending my days struggling as poet, photographer, novelist, husband, and grandfather.
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