For the first time since I started doing these posts, Fox Cinema Archives takes the top spot, with their release of Clara Bow’s next-to-last film Call Her Savage. I saw this at the TCM Film Festival a few years ago, and while I wouldn’t on the whole call it successful, it was definitely a one-of-a-kind film, jumping back and forth from flapper comedy to sophisticated drama to working class tragedy. It is…a sight to behold, and I’m glad it’s getting at least a DVD-on-demand release so hopefully more people can check it out. Fox Cinema Archives is also releasing Alex & the Gypsy which I know nothing about except that the poster being used as the basis of the cover art is terrible.
Kino continues their new Classics imprint with another solid set of releases; Best Picture winner Marty is clearly the lead title here, though I’m impressed with the cast lists on the other films as well. Separate Tables won a pair of acting awards (actor David Niven and supporting actress Wendy Hiller), while Paris Blues stars famous Hollywood couple Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. I haven’t heard of Duel at Diablo, but it’s also got a solid cast, and you know I’m always down for westerns.
Criterion’s sole release this week is 1983’s The Big Chill, a film I’ve never seen but am rather intrigued by thanks both to Criterion’s inclusion of it in the Collection and the discussion of it on The Dew Over a few weeks ago.
This week Warner Archive celebrates actor Glenn Ford with a sextet of releases, none of which I’ve seen or heard of, but there’s a few in here that definitely stand out. First off, read the plot description for Young Man with Ideas (no, first, look at the cover art and tell me what ideas you think that man is having…mm-hmmm) – what an absolutely extraordinary sequence of events! It makes me pretty curious to see how all that works out. The White Tower sounds like a fun adventure film with a great cast, while Trial and Ransom both intrigue as courtroom and crime dramas, respectively.
I don’t know anything about this releasing company Film Chest, but they’ve had a couple of releases the past few weeks (I didn’t include Detour last week because, well, I don’t know anything about Film Chest. But with recognizable releases two weeks in a row, maybe I should look into them. I’m not that familiar with Martin-Lewis films, but I consider that something of a minor blind spot. I’d like to check some out.
And in new releases, Noah has definitely caught my eye – I didn’t see it in theatres, but I’m intrigued by all the things I heard from both secular and Christian critics. Something I need to see for myself before making any judgements. I’m also pretty intrigued by the Vivian Maier documentary; her whole story is fascinating and I’d like to see more about it, as I only know bits and pieces about her.