Started by lauraxsynthesis, February 10, 2023, 10:55:17 AM
QuoteHobbled by the pain of a metal prosthetic leg (the source of his disability is never revealed), Sammy habitually retreats to where the camera first finds him (after a pan of his empty flat, unanswered phone ringing)—self-medicating at the local pub until he's fished out by Susan for a late-night consultation. An army captain (Michael Gough) enlists him in the effort to analyze booby-trapped bombs the Germans have been dropping over England; after several reels of Sammy ranting at bureaucrats, telling Susan he's no good for her (with typical Archer hero aplomb: "You've got it all worked out in the way women always have. They don't worry about anything except being alive or dead"), and grimly sweating through temptation and binges (in one Daliesque montage, with a giant whisky bottle filling his room), it's inevitable that when the call comes to defuse one of the explosives, he's soused, and that the device he'll have to defuse (in a cunningly nerve-pricking climax) is shaped something like a decanter.
Quote from: sevendaughters on February 10, 2023, 11:47:05 AMDo they screen anything else at IKWIG?
QuoteEver since we came here, over all our troubles, it's been, 'Ask Mr. Dean. Ask Mr. Dean.' There was just no one else you could ask. But I had to take the young general. I couldn't turn out the holy man. I couldn't stop the wind from blowing and the air from being as clear as crystal and I couldn't hide the mountain.
Quote from: El Unicornio, mang on February 28, 2023, 10:34:15 AMHilarious bit in that film when David Niven is asked his age and replies "27".
Quote from: Bad Ambassador on February 28, 2023, 10:38:53 AMHe was actually only 35.
Quote from: zomgmouse on March 05, 2023, 11:40:14 PMrecalled powell's solo 60s australian effort they're a weird mob the other day. anyone else seen it? seems almost but not entirely out of character from the man who brought us peeping tom. but i suppose enough of that sweet character study that defines some of their other work
Quote from: famethrowa on March 06, 2023, 04:58:39 AMI love it, and I'm sure it needed a safe pair of hands behind the camera, it could have all gone very wrong (the hilarious misadventures of a "migrant" in ocker, beer-swilling 60s Sydney). But the characters are strong, the humour is gentle and there's no bad guys, all quite positive. Plus fun to see a city and a culture that doesn't really exist anymore.
Quote from: Mister Six on March 08, 2023, 04:03:46 PMPeeping Tom is brilliant. I really need to fill in the massive gaps in my Powell & Pressburger viewing. @Bernice has sold me on The Red Shoes, that's for sure!
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