Saturday, December 4, 2021

Nominees for the 1962 Retro Hollmann Awards

I screened 69 movies for the 1962 retrospective:

Advise & Consent
Billy Budd
Billy Rose's Jumbo
Birdman of Alcatraz
Blast of Silence
Bon Voyage!
The Cabinet of Caligari
Cape Fear
The Case of Patty Smith
Carnival of Souls
The Connection
Confessions of an Opium Eater
Creature from the Haunted Sea
Damn the Defiant!
David and Lisa
Days of Wine and Roses
Divorce Italian Style
The End of Summer
Experiment in Terror
Eyes Without a Face
A Flame in the Streets
Girls! Girls! Girls!
Horror Hotel
In Search of the Castaways
The Interns
Jack the Giant Killer
Jules and Jim
Last Year at Marienbad
Lawrence of Arabia
Long Day's Journey Into Night
The Longest Day
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Manchurian Candidate
The Miracle Worker
Mr. Arkadin
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
Murder She Said
The Music Man
Mutiny on the Bounty
Peeping Tom
Period of Adjustment
The Phantom of the Opera
Premature Burial
The Road to Hong Kong
Satan Never Sleeps
State Fair
Sweet Bird of Youth
Tales of Terror
Taras Bulba
A Taste of Honey
Tender is the Night
That Touch of Mink
Through a Glass Darkly
To Kill a Mockingbird
Tower of London
Two for the Seesaw
A View from the Bridge
Walk on the Wild Side
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm

From that batch of films comes this slate of nominees - 32 films in 18 categories, all after the jump:

Thursday, December 2, 2021

My Top Ten of 1962

A month late it may be, but I think that extra reflection gave me a more accurate read on which movies really knocked my socks off. Some faded a little after the initial excitement, while others that just wouldn't leave me be. Apologies to the nine that just missed out: Blast of Silence, The Connection, In Search of the Castaways, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Miracle Worker, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Mothra, Phaedra, and Taras Bulba.

Now, without further blah-blah: my top ten films of 1962, in alphabetical order:

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Cinema '62: Lives of Crime

The following films deal with crime, at least as it was interpreted in 1962. We've got murder, rape, stalking, sex trafficking, drug use, conspiracy, racketeering, theft, and back-alley abortions. Bring the kids!

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Cinema '62: Something Queer

Lawrence of Arabia has the Turkish Bey, David and Lisa has David's smitten friend Simon. There's a scene in Tender is the Night sympathetic to a young one, That Touch of Mink has a running gag in fear of it, and there's definitely something happening between Claggart and the titular Billy Budd. And then, of course, there's Walk on the Wild Side, wherein the lesbian madam has taken her star attraction as a lover. The 1962 Academy Awards were full of winks, nods, and semaphore signals to the lavender set. Restrictions were loosening, thank goodness, and the button-pushers were coming out (ha!) to take advantage. Here are some other queer-tinged films released that year: 

Monday, November 1, 2021

Cinema '62: Sing It!

In addition to musical fare discussed before, a number of 1962 releases - some musicals, some not - feature notable songs or musical numbers. A look at nine of those films: