Olive Films continues to mine the neglected Paramount library with a pair of late, difficult films by Otto Preminger: the 1967 “Hurry Sundown,” the last and least successful of Preminger’s series of elegantly distanced renditions of overheated, overlong bestsellers, and the provocatively unpleasant uncomedy “Such Good Friends” from 1972, with its pseudonymous script by Elaine May and some of the most hideous interior decoration imaginable. The missing link between these two flawed but fascinating films is Preminger’s 1968 excursion into psychedelia, “Skidoo,” which Olive will be releasing in a new widescreen transfer later this spring). Reviews here in the New York Times.
Lots of good linkage to report, beginning with the new on-line issue of “Movie” , which features the first part of a dossier on Fritz Lang and a tribute to Robin Wood that includes his 1962 close reading of Preminger’s “Advise and Consent.” The highlight, though, may be Mark Rappaport’s insightful comparison of Vincente Minnelli’s “Madame Bovary” with the vaguely related novel of the same name by one Gustave Flaubert.
David Pierce of the Media History Digital Alliance has added some 20,000 more pages of “Film Daily” to his already overflowing site at the Internet Archive. Individual volumes are available as downloadable PDF files, and they make for compelling browsing.
And while you’re perusing those PDFs you’ll want some period-appropriate musical accompaniment from the Library of Congress’s just-launched, and quite amazing, “National Jukebox” site. Included are over 10,000 recordings from the Victor label (now owned by Sony Music) from 1901 to 1925, all carefully cross-indexed and accessible at no charge (at least until the Republicans hear about it).