Thursday, September 5, 2019

The 1969 Retro Hollmann Awards, Part Two

And the final day of 1969! I've given you the Top Ten, a full roster of nominees, and nine awards already. The final nine herein, beginning with....

Best Makeup and Hairstyling 

The Damned
Mauro Gavazzi, makeup artist
Luciano Vito, hair stylist

2. Black Lizard; 3. The Comic; 4. They Shoot Horses, Don't They?; 5. Once Upon a Time in the West 

The Damned takes its aristocrats from chic to ghoulish, all in the way they apply their makeup - and how much of it they're using. Martin's drag, Sophie's increasingly painted face, the blood (God the blood) - it's all perfect.

In second, Black Lizard gives you face. In third, The Comic's early cinema pancake and convincing old age. In fourth, the dried makeup and frazzled hair on tired, sticky faces in They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. In fifth, the sweat and beards of Once Upon a Time in the West. 

The rest of the show, after the jump....

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The 1969 Retro Hollmann Awards, Part One

Day One of my awards for the best of 1969. For further context, check out the full list of nominees and my Top TenWith the exception of the first category, all are presented in the order they appeared at the corresponding Academy Awards ceremony.

Best Ensemble 
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

2. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; 3. Z; 4. Hello, Dolly!; 5. If....

Difficult to name a best in show for Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice - so I won't! The central four are terrific - including one of my favorite performances given by Natalie Wood - perfectly in sync with their characters' shared history, fantasies, morals. The ensemble surrounding them is just as perfect: Dyan Cannon's therapist, perfectly stone-faced, a challenge; Wood's tennis pro, young and handsome and willing and comically nervous; everyone at the retreat in the opening sequence, from guru to attendee, each on the wavelength that makes this film dryly funny without  being condescending.

In second, Miss Brodie and her "gehls" in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. In third, Z's political pawns and opponents. In fourth, screwball perfection embodied by Hello, Dolly's ensemble. In fifth, the students and clueless adults of If.....

Score, Supporting Actor, and more, after the jump...

Friday, August 30, 2019

The 1969 Retro Hollmann Awards Nominees!

Finally - the nominees for the 1969 Retro Hollmann Awards!

Best Director

Robert Altman
That Cold Day in the Park


Sergio Leone
Once Upon a Time in the West

Paul Mazursky
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Luchino Visconti
The Damned

25 more films in 17 more categories, after the jump!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Top Ten of 1969

Here we go - 69 films later, the Top Ten of 1969.


Apologies to the honorable mentions for not finding room for them: Blind BeastGoodbye, Mr. ChipsHello, Dolly!, If....Laughter in the Dark, Medium CoolOh! What a Lovely War, Paint Your Wagon, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Salesman, Stolen Kisses, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and The Wild Bunch.

The ten, in alphabetical order, after the jump....

Sunday, August 25, 2019

1969: The Films

Tomorrow is my Top Ten of 1969, followed by three days of the Retro Hollmann Awards: Nominations, Awards Part One, and Awards Part Two.

I watched 69 films that received US releases in 1969 for this series. They were:

Age of Consent
Alice's Restaurant
Angel, Angel, Down We Go
Anne of the Thousand Days
The Babysitter
Battle of Britain
The Big Cube
Black Girl
Black Lizard
Blind Beast
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Cactus Flower
The Chairman
The Comic
The Damned
Destroy All Monsters
Easy Rider
Devil's Temple
Don't Drink the Water
Downhill Racer
Eye of the Cat
Gaily, Gaily
The Gay Deceivers
Goodbye, Columbus
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
The Happy Ending
Hello, Dolly
I Am Curious (Yellow)
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
John and Mary
Krakatoa, East of Java
Last Summer
Laughter in the Dark
Me, Natalie
Medium Cool
Midnight Cowboy
The Oblong Box
Oh! What a Lovely War
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Once Upon a Time in the West
Paint Your Wagon
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Putney Swope
The Reivers
Satan's Sadists
Simon of the Desert
The Sterile Cuckoo
Stolen Kisses
Sweet Charity
Take the Money and Run
Tell Them Willie Boy is Here
That Cold Day in the Park
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
True Grit
Twisted Nerve
The Ultimate Degenerate
The Wedding Party
The Wild Bunch
What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?

How many of you seen?

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Day Eleven: The Others, 1969

As you see, I only go in on about eleven categories in these Oscar retrospectives. Naturally, that doesn't cover all the nominees. Here are four more films nominated at the 1969 Oscars:

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Day Ten: Best Picture, 1969

I mentioned it in last month's 1968 retrospective - '67 was the announcement of New Hollywood, '68 was the last gasp of Old Hollywood...and '69 is where '67 paid off.

Even Anne of the Thousand Days, a prime example of Royal Melodrama, puts such an emphasis on sex and semen that it could only have been touched by a major studio in this period (well...unless Otto Preminger had his hands on it). Even the Western, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, is a hangout buddy flick with a decidedly non-western score, unorthodox romantic trio, and a fare-thee-well to the genre. Even the standard Liberal Cause Drama is the cynical, French-language, Socialist-sympathizing Z. Only Hello, Dolly! actually stands as a prime example of the Big Studio Musical, albeit with some anarchic twists. And Midnight Cowboy...well, hell, ain't nothing like Midnight Cowboy. Maybe that's why it won:

The nominees, after the jump...