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* Dementia 13 – The first feature film directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 11 February 2012

Dementia 13 (1963)  Written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather (1972), Apocalypse Now (1979), Youth Without Youth (2007)), starring William Campbell (Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)), Luana Anders (Night Tide (1961), That Cold Day in the Park (1969)) and Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975)).  Dementia 13, a horror thriller, and the first feature film directed by the immense Francis Ford Coppola, is, at best, at pseudo-quasi-Hitchcockian psychological thriller, with a screenplay, written by Coppola, that is extraordinarily fragmented, if not desperately lost in its loose ends.  Nevertheless, as Coppola’s first feature directorial effort, at the very least, and thanks to some wonderfully moody directing of scenes in an ancient, and haunted, Scottish castle, and a clear feel for the building of psycho-thriller tension, Dementia 13 is a must-see for any fan of Coppola, B-movie psychology, or, in fact, kitsch. Perhaps the promotional film poster says it all. (PR)

See our post on the film Youth Without Youth, written, directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola.

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I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

Posted by the editors on Monday, 4 April 2011

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead cinematic release poster

 I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (2003) (DVD) directed by Mike Hodges (Get Carter (1971), Croupier (1998)), starring Clive Owen (Children of Men (2006), Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)), Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (Match Point (2005), Mission: Impossible III (2006)), Charlotte Rampling (The Night Porter (1974), Spy Game (2001)), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange (1971), I Spy (2002)).  Despite it’s relatively impressive cast and the strong similarity in plot with Hodges’ 1971 cult hit Get Carter, starring Michael Caine,  I’ll Sleep When I’m Deada British gangster thriller, while evoking some interestingly enigmatic characters and relationships between characters, somehow disappoints in its post-post modern mission of portrayal of unresolved and conflicting, often rather sordid, ethics, leaving just too many options open to the viewer. (PR)

See our post on the excellent and iconic film Get Carter, also directed by Mike Hodges, starring Michael Caine.

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