Thursday, June 24, 2010

NEW FILM ONLINE: "Beyond This Place"

Year: 1959

Stars: Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Emlyn Williams, Bernard Lee, Jean Kent, Leo McKern

Director: Jack Cardiff

Locations: Liverpool

Plot: Twenty years after being evacuated to America, Paul Mathry returns to Liverpool for a short visit. He is shocked to find that his father, whom he believed had died a war hero, is in fact in jail for a murder committed at the time Paul left. Starting to piece those events together, he comes to suspect his father may be innocent.

Number of Stills: 14
Number of 'Now' Shots: 8

Movies in New York

And from our friends in New York this list:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

NEW FILM ONLINE: "Waterfront"

Year: 1950

Stars: Robert Newton, Kathleen Harrison, Avis Scott, Susan Shaw, Richard Burton, Robin Netscher, Kenneth Griffith

Director: Michael Anderson

Locations: Liverpool

Plot: A good-for-nothing sailor walks out on his young family leaving them to fend for themselves in the Liverpool slums. They make a go of their lives and the eldest daughter, now a woman, is none too pleased at her father's attempted return.

Number of Stills: 5
Number of 'Now' Shots: 5

Monday, June 14, 2010


Year: 2006

Stars: Demi Moore, Henry Ian Cusick, Hans Matheson, Kate Isitt

Director: Craig Rosenberg

Locations: London, Wales, Cornwall

Plot: Son's death sends novelist to a remote Scottish village for recuperation but strange things start to happen to her mind and in reality, probably as she's not in Scotland at all.

Number of Stills: 17
Number of 'Now' Shots: 4



Received film yesterday, thanks a lot, got my dose of 50's London streets last night, not a bad one of its genre, Campbell Singer as a world weary desk sergeant again! Is that all he played? The Blue Lamp, Pool Of London and a few others I cant think of, obviously the go to guy for avuncular copper roles.
All the women are upper class who would naturally flock to the ranks of Londons finest, sorting out the poor misguided proles, the subtext of these films is quite scary, "respect your betters" what! but that's not our remit here, the young mum with the terrible irish accent who gets caught thieving in a Sloane Square department store, hope she had a pot of their fine tea before she started hoisting? Think they blew most of the budget on the downbeat club set.
Doing well on locations but as usual they edit to something that's not there, but they will not defeat me, went into the jewellers that they steal the van outside of and the owners father was there in the 50's, I showed her the pictures and told her about the site and asked if I could talk to her dad, I left my number so fingers crossed. Got told to stop taking photos by the landlord of the pub in the film in belgravia, "it's a private mews and you need a permit from the grosvenor estate", waited for him to leave and carried on, pompous £$%£$%"&, is this your cabbie shelter from Passport to Shame?

Thanks once again

Carol Marsh

Carol Marsh, who has died aged 83, earned her big screen break when she was chosen from more than 3,000 applicants to play Rose, the mousy, wide-eyed waitress in the film noir classic Brighton Rock (1947).

Carol Marsh as Rose and Richard Attenborough as Pinkie Brown in a scene from Brighton Rock Photo: KOBAL COLLECTION

She was only 20 when she read for the part with the producer John Boulting and the star of the film, Richard Attenborough. As the impressionable young woman who falls for and marries the vicious small-time gangster Pinkie Brown (played by Attenborough), Carol Marsh turned in a performance of powerful pathos.
The close of Graham Greene's novel, in which Rose returns home looking forward to listening to Pinkie's recorded "love letter", has been called one of the great harrowing finales of 20th-century English literature.
Before Pinkie is killed falling from the pier, he records a message for the doting, oblivious Rose in a "make-your-own-record" booth: "You wanted a recording of my voice, well here it is. What you want me to say is, 'I love you'. Well, I don't. I hate you, you little slut... "
But the film differs from the book in that, when Rose plays the record, the needle "sticks" – and she hears only "I love you", repeated over and over again.
Carol Marsh was born Norma Lilian Simpson on May 10 1926 in Southgate, north London, the daughter of an architect and surveyor. She was educated at a convent school in Hammersmith where she often performed in school plays. Her first desire was to sing, and she won a £7-a-year scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied speech and drama, with singing as a second subject.
She went on to the Rank Charm School before joining Rank's repertory company
at Worthing, where her performances in As You Like It and White Heather won high praise.
After Brighton Rock (for which she changed her name to Carol Marsh) she dyed her hair platinum for the title role in Alice in Wonderland (1949). In the same year she was in three comedies: Marry Me, Helter Skelter, and The Romantic Age, in which she appeared with Mai Zetterling and Petula Clark.
She was the fragile, delicate yet ghoulishly determined Lucy, Christopher Lee's ill-fated victim, in the 1958 Hammer production of Dracula, the first colour version of Bram Stoker's classic. In the 1951 film of Scrooge, with Alistair Sim in the title role, Carol Marsh played the old skinflint's sister Fan, who dies giving birth to his nephew, Fred.
Her career continued into the 1960s with films such as Man Accused and parts in television dramas, among them The Adventures of Sir Lancelot and Dixon of Dock Green. In the 1970s she appeared in the record-breaking West End play The Mousetrap.
She had made her television debut in 1950 in The Lady's Not For Burning, starring Richard Burton and Alec Clunes. She was Miranda in a children's version of The Tempest, and Alexandra in Little Foxes (both 1951). She featured in the 1959 Trollope serial The Eustace Diamonds, playing Augusta Fawn, and was Mrs Blacklow in the Arnold Bennett serial Lord Raingo of 1966.
She was busier on radio, and was a member of the BBC Drama Rep at intervals between 1966 and 1979.
Later in life, Carol Marsh shunned publicity. But when she was in her sixties, the journalist Nigel Richardson traced and interviewed her for his travel book Breakfast in Brighton (1996).
"People kept telling me, 'When the next film comes out you'll be a star forever'," she told him. "But it never happened."
By then she was living a reclusive life in Bloomsbury, "with no one to please and no one to hurt me". When Richardson praised her luminous performance in Brighton Rock, she replied that the thought of how good she might have been "crucified" her: "I've never seen the film and I couldn't bear to."
Carol Marsh died on March 6; she was unmarried.

Courtesy of The Telegraph:

Filming in Budapest

And from one of our Hungarian enthusiasts a list of recent films that were shot in Budapest.

This list was abstracted from Wikepedia.

List of films that have disguised Budapest as other cities