Moviedrome Mondays: All That Heaven Allows (1955) and The Reckless Moment (1949)

This week’s Moviedrome Monday blog entry is a double-bill consisting of two Classical Hollywood era melodramas centering around a female as it’s leading character.

All That Heaven Allows (1955)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to legendary cult director Douglas Sirk’s 1955 quintessential melodrama All That Heaven Allows. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was March 1, 1998 (read here). Everything Cousins says here perfectly demonstrates why Sirk is a master filmmaker of melodramas and more. One oft-cited example comes from his how he marries visual style (his beautiful, expressive and exuberant use of color and black-and-white) with content (over-the-top emotions and an implicitly scathing depiction of suburban conformity respectively defining the characters and drama). Anybody who has seen Todd Haynes superb 2002 period drama Far from Heaven, will know exactly what I am talking about. In fact, it has been reported that directors Pedro Almodovar, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and John Waters (to name just three) cite him as one of their many influences. Let us not also forget that director/writer Quentin Tarantino named a restaurant menu item after him (i.e. the Douglas Sirk Steak) in 1994’s Pulp Fiction. Last, not least, All That Heaven Allows notably influenced Fassbinder’s masterful 1974 drama Ali: Fear Eats the Soul. If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite Douglas Sirk films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to All That Heaven Allows

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Here is a youtube video link to a brief interesting essay/review of the film

Also, here is a youtube video link to Independent American director Allison Anders Trailers from Hell commentary for it

The Reckless Moment (1949)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to legendary director Max Ophuls great 1949 American film-noir melodrama The Reckless Moment. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was March 2, 1998 (read here). Once again, Cousins perfectly sums up why Max Ophuls is such a master filmmaker. The elegant tracking shots that define his visual style, has reportedly influenced later cinematic artists like Stanley Kubrick and Paul Thomas Anderson (to name just two examples). This aforementioned trademark that shaped Ophuls later European masterpieces (i.e. La Ronde, Le Plaisir, The Earrings of Madame de… and Lola Montes) is not only also evident here in The Reckless Moment, but also in his other two American masterworks (i.e. Letter from an Unknown Woman and Caught). If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite Max Ophuls films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to The Reckless Moment

I could not find a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Also, here is a youtube video link to an analysis/appreciation of Max Ophuls by director/writer Paul Thomas Anderson – in it, he is discussing The Earrings of Madame de… and you can also find this special feature on The Criterion Collection edition of that aforementioned film (see here).

Moviedrome Mondays: The Conversation (1974) (Mark Cousins intro)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to celebrated filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 mystery-thriller classic The Conversation. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was February 22, 1998 (read here). Not much to add here except that I agree with every single thing that Cousins states about this truly great film. If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite Francis Ford Coppola films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to The Conversation

Here is another youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to The Conversation

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: Bad Timing (1980) (Mark Cousins intro)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to late master filmmaker Nicolas Roeg’s 1980 psychological drama Bad Timing. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was February 15, 1998 (read here). Aside from his snide comments about Lawrence of Arabia (which I will happily forgive), I agree with absolutely everything that Cousins says here about this twisted masterpiece. Similar to Roeg’s approach to form and content (both here and in his other great films), his extremely gorgeous leading actress Theresa Russell (whom he married in 1982) delivers a performance oozing of eroticism, mystery and raw emotion. Though a talented musician, Art Garfunkel’s acting skills have always left a lot to be desired and in Bad Timing, this is admittedly no exception. Nevertheless, he comes off as surprisingly tolerable here and his performance does not taint the film at all. If any of you readers are interested in where I rank Bad Timing on my list of my favorite Nicolas Roeg films, click here.

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Bad Timing

Here is another youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Bad Timing

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Here is a youtube video link to what may or may not be (I can’t say for sure) a shorter version of the aforementioned trailer link from above

Here is a youtube video link to British film critic Mark Kermode’s commentary on Bad Timing as his BFI Player choice of the week

Also, here is a youtube video link to British director Bernard Rose’s Trailers from Hell commentary for it

Moviedrome Mondays: Liebestraum (1991) (Mark Cousins Intro)

Since I could not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to director Mike Figgis 1991 mystery drama Liebestraum, readers will have to read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was February 8, 1998 (read here). Despite it’s atmosphere, the drama never really gels like it should. As Cousins so eloquently implies, the best reason to see Liebestraum lies in the appearance of the great Kim Novak in a supporting role, which as of 2022, marks her last film to date.

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: Targets (1968) (Mark Cousins intro)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to late director Peter Bogdanovich’s 1968 gem Targets. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was February 1, 1998 (read here). Cousins is absolutely spot on about Targets. As for myself, I rank it alongside Saint Jack and They All Laughed as one of Bogdanovich’s most underrated films. If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite Peter Bogdanovich films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Targets

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: Vanishing Point (1971) and The Devil Thumbs a Ride (1947) (Mark Cousins intro)

This week’s Moviedrome Monday blog entry is a double-bill consisting of a 1940’s film noir and a 1970’s neo-noir.

Vanishing Point (1971)

Since I could not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to director Richard C. Sarafian’s 1971 cult classic Vanishing Point, readers will have to rely on Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was January 18, 1998 (read here). Not much to add here, except that I agree with everything Cousins says here about this gem of a road movie.

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

The Devil Thumbs a Ride (1947)

Once again, I could not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to director Felix E. Feist’s 1947 film noir gem The Devil Thumbs a Ride, readers will have to rely on Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was January 18, 1998 (read here). Once again, I am in complete agreement with Cousins on this one.

I could not find a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: Storyville (1992) and Ruthless (1948) (Mark Cousins intro)

This week’s Moviedrome Monday entry is a double-bill consisting of a political thriller and a drama.

Storyville (1992)

Since I could not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost’s 1992 directorial debut Storyville, readers will have to rely on Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was January 11, 1998 (read here). It has been a long time since I saw this film, so a rewatch is in order, but I am a huge fan of Frost, David Lynch and Twin Peaks all together.

I could not find a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Ruthless (1948)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to legendary cult director Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1948 drama Ruthless. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was January 11, 1998 (read here). I am in total agreement with Cousins thoughts here and yes, it really does come off feeling like Ulmer’s own Citizen Kane – albeit, with only half of the latter’s budget. If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite Edgar G. Ulmer films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Ruthless

I could not find a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: The Fog (1980) and Darkness in Tallinn (1993) (Mark Cousins intro)

First off, Happy 2022 to all of my dear readers 🙂 Now let us continue the second half of Series 8 of Moviedrome. This week’s Moviedrome Monday blog entry consists of two different films.

The Fog (1980)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to master horror filmmaker John Carpenter’s 1980 supernatural gem The Fog. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was January 4, 1998 (read here). Unlike Cousins (who appreciates the film with reservations), I love The Fog as much as I love just about all of Carpenter’s films. If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite John Carpenter films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to The Fog

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Darkness in Tallinn (1993)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to Finnish director Ilkka Jarvi-Laturi’s 1993 comedic thriller Darkness in Tallinn. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was January 5, 1998 (read here). I have not seen this film so I can’t comment, but it does look interesting based on Cousins description of it.

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Darkness in Tallinn

Here is another youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Darkness in Tallinn

I can’t really find a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer