The humor in this film goes hand-in-paw with the blunt, vulgar symbolism of a dog's lifted leg in the opening credits.
There's something about The Reincarnation of Peter Proud that keeps it lodged in the memory like a nasty splinter.
Kino Lorber's 4k restoration of King Hu's work brings the undeniable accolades "spellbinding" and "enchanted" to the fore.
Director Aki Kaurismäki feels a humanistic mission. His dryly humorous films about the small joys and victories of losers and drifters convey missives in which this sentiment is submerged under obstinate, absurd, classically framed dark humor.
As is his wont, Lewis Milestone's direction is lively, even flashy, indulging in gratuitously beautiful camera movements, lighting tricks, and clever editorial juxtapositions.
Annie is a servant who delights in telling tales of spooks and spirits, always ending with the refrain "An' the Gobble-uns'll git you ef you Don't Watch Out!"
New organ scores help kick up some dust in these two reissues from Grapevine Video.
Freshly released on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Classics are two hits, part of a series of Swanson vehicles directed by Allan Dwan at the height of her stardom.
Under Oswald's expressionism is somebody scarred by his brush with Nazis, someone mistrustful of authority figures, and someone who likes to bring the razzle-dazzle to audiences.
The Outer Limits is a mix of science fiction, nightmares, and surrealism -- the very things that make life worth living even though they scare the bejeebers out of us.
Those of us who love silent cinema have much to rejoice about in this digital age, when both obscurities and celebrated classics arrive in new preservations and restorations, curated by scholars and fans who love the era.
Remember the pre-CGI visual beauty of Fantasia? Fischinger, who also worked with Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, among others, invented the "lumigraph" (a machine for "playing" colors on screen). This guy should be put on a stamp.