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.
My pick this week is Olive Film’s release of Max Ophül’s Caught, a noir film that I haven’t seen but very much want to. I’ve seen several of Ophül’s French films, and Letter from an Unknown Woman (which I didn’t care for, but I think I’d like it better on rewatch), but I’ve never seen him do a genre film quite like this, and this looks like a great release from Olive to amend that. Seriously, Olive is really imitating Criterion lately, especially on cover art. I almost thought this WAS Criterion for a minute. They just need to get rid of the ugly blue snap cases and go with something sleeker. Here’s the description for the film from Olive’s site:
Caught is a tale of Leonora (Barbara Bel Geddes), an aspiring carhop who meets and marries a mysterious millionaire, Smith Ohlrig (Robert Ryan). Soon after the wedding, Laura realizes she’s trapped in a loveless marriage with a ruthless workaholic husband who torments her with twisted mind games. Unable to obtain a divorce from Smith, she moves out of the mansion and goes to work for a dedicated doctor, Larry Quinada (James Mason). The two quickly fall in love but the romance comes to an abrupt halt when Leonora learns that she is pregnant with Ohlrig’s child. Legendary director Max Ophüls and the top-notch cast masterfully navigate the ensuing complications through atmospheric cinematography by Lee Garmes (Duel In The Sun) and stylish art direction from Frank Paul Sylos (Suddenly).
More new (old) releases after the jump.
Criterion has announced their slate for September, and by far the most interesting one to me is Jack Clayton’s 1961 The Innocents, which is the very definition of atmospheric horror. It’s great stuff, and it’s going to look gorgeous in Blu-ray. Surprised it’s not coming in October, though – maybe they’ve got even more horror coming out then?
The Criterion Collection just announced their August titles. My pick is 1979’s All That Jazz, a thinly veiled autobiographical picture of director/choreographer Bob Fosse. Fosse is one of the greatest choreographers EVAR, and All that Jazz is his 8 1/2. Actually, I like it better than 8 1/2.
My Warner Archive pick for this week:
I’ve never heard of it, but Gable and Bennett are great, so I’d be down. The only thing is it’s from 1935, and I bet it would’ve been way better if it had actually been Pre-Code.