Sunday links

11th December 2016

I failed to post the past two Sunday links, and nor have I contributed general entries across the past three weeks. Although it's no excuse it has been an exceptionally busy time for the company, mostly because we have been preparing more

Paintings in Madness…

29th August 2016

Paintings glimpsed in movies are often fascinating, and invariably so when they exhibit modernist tendencies. Take a look at the painting below that is granted just two seconds or so in the British Gothic melodrama Madness of the Heart, 1949 (a detail of more

Sunday links

17th April 2016

Next Saturday, 23 April, I am one of the producers on the Royal Shakespeare Company-BBC collaboration Shakespeare Live! From the RSC. It is going to be a great show, and you can see it at 8.30pm on BBC more

Links for Easter [updated]

30th March 2013

The past week has been particularly rewarding for those of us who follow the writings on film of David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson. To start with, The Criterion Collection released the opening (embedded below) of a video essay about more

Links for the weekend

24th February 2013

Even if I neglect the blog on other days (and apologies for that, it's just a very busy time right now), the list of links needs to be offered each Sunday. I rarely embed audio clips here (mostly because I more

Videos for the weekend

2nd February 2013

I have my colleague Todd Macdonald to thank for the weekend's first clip: a timelapse panorama of the courtyard observed by Jeff (James Stewart, above) in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954). Todd was laid up with a bug for much more

Videos for the weekend

26th January 2013

A selection of interesting videos that I came across during the past week and - well, that's it really... Above is an image from the Saul Bass title sequence to Otto Preminger's Carmen Jones (1954), a film discussed by Christian more

Links for the weekend

6th January 2013

One of the things you quickly learn as a producer is not to use 'Happy Birthday to you' in a film. Remarkably, the song remains in copyright, and as a consequence, you need to secure clearance for its use and more

Links for the weekend, part one

17th November 2012

After the BFI's extensive tribute to Alfred Hitchcock over the summer and the immaculate restorations of his silent films, you might have thought the great director had nothing else to give. But now, and for the next two months, the more