On November 18! Oh, I do so hope Criterion is going to go through Frank Capra’s filmography, giving it the same care they’ve been giving John Ford’s.
The restored version of William Friedkin’s Sorcerer was one of the screenings at this year’s TCM Film Festival that I wish I’d been able to get to. The film has been kind of a holy grail for a while, difficult to find and never in Friedkin’s intended version – this following box office failure and renewed interest only after release. This Blu-ray sets all that to rights, with a restoration guided by Friedkin himself. The film is a remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s acclaimed The Wages of Fear, a film I admit I didn’t care for very much when I saw it. I’m curious to both rewatch the original, and then watch Friedkin’s take on the story. Buy at Amazon
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.
This is such a simple yet great post that I couldn’t resist calling attention to it. Who knew screenshots of hands could be so compelling?