Moviedrome Mondays: Shaft (1971) and Force of Evil (1948) (Mark Cousins intro)

This week’s Moviedrome Monday blog entry is a double-bill consisting of a neo-noir and a film noir – both shot on location in New York City.

Shaft (1971)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to African-American director Gordon Parks 1971 action crime thriller Shaft. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was September 27, 1998 (read here). Along with Melvin Van Peebles Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (also from 71), the more mainstream Shaft is reported to have birthed the blaxploitation subgenre, though Ossie Davis Cotton Comes to Harlem (from a year earlier) is sometimes credited as the earliest example. Either way, this is truly a fun film (as Parks himself states) galvanized by Soul singer Isaac Hayes iconic score and theme song – winning an Oscar for the latter.

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

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

Force of Evil (1948)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to blacklisted director/writer Abraham Polonsky’s 1948 crime drama Force of Evil. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was September 28, 1998 (read here). I agree with every single word of praise that Cousins showers on this film noir classic.

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Force of Evil

Here is a youtube video link to what may be 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