Peter Lorre’s role in “M” made him a star but it typecast him as a melancholy psychopath and sadist for the rest of his career. Remembering Peter Lorre in the new issue of “Sight and Sound” October, 2014 $9.99. Cover story on David Fincher and and his new film “Gone Girl”. Also a fine retrospective on the late Lauren Bacall and her two great films “To Have and Have Not” and “The Big Sleep”.
In the 1940’s the horror film became a creepy mix of gothic, monster and women’s film. Plunge into this era of the Val Lewton film: “The Seventh Victim”, “The Cat People”, “Curse of the Cat People” and “I Walked with a Zombie”. With access to new material ranging from production notes to audience surveys the new book “Phantom Ladies Hollywood Horror and the Home Front” by Tim Snelson, $26.95 paper presents an in depth look a this genre.
Did you fall for “The Flowers of Shanghai”, “The City of Sadness” or “The Puppetmaster’? You are a follower of Hou Hsiao-hsien the leader of the Taiwanese New Wave. Read more about this gifted filmmaker in “Hou Hsiao-hsien” edited by Richard I. Suchenski, $32.50. Essays by filmmakers and writers such as Olivier Assayas, Peggy Chiao, Jia Zhang-ke and Kent Jones.
Go back to the glory days of cooperation, collaboration and camaraderie of the early films of John Carpenter from “Halloween” to “Christine”. Images on the sets of “The Fog” and Escape from New York” too. “On Set with John Carpenter The Photographs of Kim Gottlieb-Walker” by Kim Gottlieb-Walker, foreword by John Carpenter, introduction by Tony Timpone, $29.95 cloth.
Ingram came to America to study sculpture at the Yale School of Fine Arts in 1911. But he soon became fascinated by filmmaking. His great movies included “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”, “Prisoner of Zenda” and “Scaramouche”. With his actress wife Alice Terry the couple became the center of a glamorous artistic community in Hollywood. MGM financed Irishman Ingram’s move to the South of France to set up a film studio. Ingram had a controversial private life with his conversion to Islam and his ambiguous sexuality.
Interview with the late actress Janet Leigh, famous for Hitchcock’s “Psycho” in the new issue of “Films of the Golden Age” Fall, 2014 $5.90. Leigh talked about her early career at MGM through her made for tv movies which she did because they were shot in Los Angeles. Leigh loved working on the “Dean Martin Show” because everyone was so professional and hard working. Other profiles in this issue on Carole Lombard and Clark Gable, John Wayne and Barbara Bates. Finally the continuing series “Forgotten Faces to Remember”.
Where did Walt Disney come from? What was his background in Omaha and what were his early movies there like? He took risks and moved to Los Angeles and made the “Alice ” movies with live action and animation. From there he had a hit with his Oswald the Rabbit” movies which he ultimately lost. For Walt and Roy the Hyperion Studio was a major bet for growing the business. Read more about this early innovative era of Walt Disney’s career: “Walt Before Mickey Disney’s Early Years, 1919-1928″ by Timothy S. Susanin, $25.00 paper foreword by Diane Disney Miller, New in paper.