Alex Cox introduces the first in another season of cult films.
Tonight: The Beguiled
Starring Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page
In the last days of the American Civil War a wounded Union soldier seeks refuge in a southern girls' school. At first it seems a safe haven, but it will become a cauldron of jealousy and hatred.
Dirty Harry creator Don Siegel, who died recently, directed this highly atmospheric and unusual western.
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MOVIEDROME: THE BEGUILED
9.50pm BBC2 Living up to its title, The Beguiled, directed by the late, great Don Siegel (who died last month), stars Clint Eastwood (below, with Geraldine Page) as a Union deserter who takes refuge in a remote girl's school and is kidnapped by the Confederate belles. The 1970 film launches a fourth season of Moviedrome, which is again introduced by Alex Cox, the director and cult film lover (see feature p38), whose verdict is: 'Not what you would expect from the Dirty Harry partners. A mad, gothic melodrama of sexual frenzy and revenge in a decaying Southern mansion populated entirely by women. Unimaginable mayhem ensues. Very strange.'
1/6. The history of cult TV shows, beginning with the drama about an Edwardian man in 60s London. Why did the lead (Gerald Harper ) burst into tears on the first day of filming?
Derek Malcolm introduces a double bill of two influential French gangster films.
starring Nathalie Baye, Philippe Leotard, Richard Berry
Informers aren't that easy to recruit, especially when word on the street is that the police themselves shopped the latest victim of gangster boss Massina's henchmen.
Inspector Palouzi makes his choice, but even a prostitute and her pimp have their own code of honour. With its winning combination of hard-hitting action and authenticity, "La balance" broke box-office records in France, and became a cult film in this country.
American director Bob Swaim spent six months with the Brigades Territoriales and his stylish thriller reflects the toughness and amorality of this elite police force.
(A French film with English subtitles. First showing on British television)
5/7. Magic, Murder & Monsters: the Story of Horror & Fantasy. Documentary looking at the British cinema's forays into the gothic world of spine-chillers and fantasy, including Harry Potter , Dracula, Hammer horror, The Plague of the Zombies, The Wicker Man , Brazil, Witchfinder General (which follows at 10.45) and The Innocents. Featuring contributions from Anthony Hopkins , John Hurt , Simon Pegg ,
Terry Gilliam , Rupert Grint and John Landis. Plus recollections from some of Britain's cult screen horror stars including Ingrid Pitt and Barbara Shelley. Series producer Garry John Hughes
Executive producer Ricky Kelehar Barry Norman on Peter Cushinq : page 39
A seven-part series in which actor and writer Dirk
Bogarde reads from his autobiographies. 1: Breaking In
Demobbed after the war,
Bogarde does the round of auditions and is a star in his first film,
Abridged by Neville Teller Producer Janet Whitaker
Monte Hellman, director of cult film Two-Lane Blacktop, joins Francine Stock to talk about the existential 70s road movie starring James Taylor, which has just been released on DVD for the first time. He reflects on the picture's enduring and mythic appeal.
' Horror films are beyond reality, therefore they don't date ...' Vincent Price talking on location for his new film The Revenge of Dr Death. Film 73 looks at the horror film cult with Denis Gif ford, author of A Pictorial History of Horror Movies.
Producer PATRICIA INGRAM
Don'miss the colour feature on Vincent Price in next week's radio TIMES.
In the first of a new autumn series, Jonathan Ross finds out whether the recent British release Billy Elliot lives up to the hype. Plus Billy Connolly explains the background to his new movie role, and there's a review of Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps. See Choice.
Producer Susan Kemp ; Director Lara Hannay (S) (W)
Followed by Weatherview
James Dean with Natalie Wood , Sal Mineo
James Dean , the legendary film idol of the 50s, died 25 years ago, having starred in just three feature films.
This film gave him the part with which he is most associated-that of the troubled and delinquent youth, misunderstood by both society and his parents. His strong personal identification with the dramatic role helped create the cult which has persisted around his name ever since.
Screenplay by STEWART STERN from a story by NICHOLAS RAY Produced by DAVID WEISBART Directed by NICHOLAS RAY Films: page 15
Barry Norman presents his personal review of the week's cinema releases.
Michael J. Fox and Kiefer Sutherland star in Bright
Lights, Big City, based on the cult best seller by Jay Mclnerney. A young New Yorker turns to drink and drugs when he loses his mother, his wife and his job, all in the space of one year. Suspect features Oscar winner Cher as a lawyer defending Liam Neeson against a charge of murder. Dennis Quaid is on the jury, and the film is directed by Britain's Peter Yates.
John Cleese is writing, co-directing and starring in A Fish Called Wanda, which also features Michael Palin , Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis. Film 88 reports from the location at
Heathrow Airport. Producer JANE LUSH
Playwright Howard Schuman introduces two classic chillers about urban satanists.
The Seventh Victim starring
Kim Hunter Jean Brooks Tom Conway.
Val Lewton produced
Cat People and I Walked with a Zombie, but this dark and eerie thriller is considered by some to be his masterpiece. Mary Gibson , an orphan, comes to New York to find her older sister Jacqueline who has disappeared. But her investigation leads to a sinister cult of which
Jacqueline was a member.
Screenplay by CHARLES O'NEAL , DEWITT BODEEN Produced by VAL LEWTON Directed by MARK ROBSON
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11.20pm Rosemary's Baby starring Mia Farrow
John Cassavetes Ruth Gordon.
Roman Polanski's famous film version of Ira Levin's best-selling novel is a macabre excursion into the world of devils and witchcraft in modem-day New York. It also provided the late John Cassavetes with one of his best screen roles. When Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse move into a rambling apartment in central Manhattan their life increasingly revolves around the flamboyant old couple who live nextdoor, the Castevets. But for Rosemary, the Castevets's attentions soon acquire sinister overtones....
Based on the novel by IRA LEVIN Produced by WILLIAM CASTLE Written and directed by ROMAN POLANSKI
Film Club presentation by DAVID THOMPSON
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('A Tribute to John Cassavetes ' on Friday at 9.30pm)
TONY BILBOW examines the cult of the Protest Film and together with some students looks at the latest one - The Strawberry Statement
Written by LYN FAIRHURST
Produced by BOBBY JAYE (Repeated: Wed, 7.30 pm)
continues a season of feature films specially made for TV. Starring Stephen McHattie Michael Brandon
This dramatic reconstruction of the life of movie idol James Dean centres on his friendship with writer William Bast. The film follows their early struggles as acting students, through Dean's meteoric rise to stardom in just three films - until his death, aged 24, in a car crash.
Since his death 26 years ago the actor's films have been continually revived, awarding him a cult status and establishing him as the personification of American youth in the 1950s.
Screenplay by WILLIAM BAST Produced by WILLIAM BAST and JOHN FORBES
Directed by ROBERT BUTLER. Films: p It
specially made for television. starring Stephen McHattie
Michael Brandon ,
This dramatic reconstruction of the life of movie idol James Dean centres on his friendship with writer William Bast. The film follows their early struggles as acting students, through Deans meteoric rise to stardom in just three films -until his death, aged 24, in a car crash. ,
Since his death in, 1955 the actors films have been continually revived, awarding him a cult status, establishing him as the personification of American youth in the 1950s.
Screenplay by WILLIAM BAST
Produced by WILLIAM BAST , JOHN FORBES
Directed by ROBERT BUTLER. Films: p 12
with Barry Norman
The programme that keeps you in touch with the world of cinema.
The Holcroft Covenant - the bestselling thriller by Robert Ludlum is turned into a film starring Michael Caine and Lilli Palmer.
Fletch - American cult comedian Chevy Chase plays a wise-cracking newspaper reporter and master of disguise who is hired to perform murder.
Director BRUCE THOMPSON Producer JANE LUSH
starring Robin Johnson, Tim Curry, Trini Alvarado
Nicky Marotta has lived most of her life on the rough and seamy streets around New York's Times Square. Pamela Pearl is the pampered daughter of a rising politician. Together they become the Sleez Sisters and set off an a rampage round the city that outrages the authorities and turns them into cult heroines. The film features a packed rock soundtrack that includes music by The Pretenders, Talking Heads, Roxy Music and Gary Numan.
Screenplay by JACOB BRACKMAN
Produced by ROBERT STIGWOOD
Directed by ALAN MOYLE
(First showing on British television)
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Philip French, film critic of the Observer, introduces two films from cult American director Monte Hellman.
China 9, Liberty 37
Starring Warren Oates, Fabio Testi, Jenny Agutter
The dusty town of China, Texas in the 1880s. Clayton Drum, a mysterious gunfighter waiting to be hanged, is offered a reprieve if he disposes of Matthew Sebanek, whose farmhouse stands in the way of a projected railroad. Clayton accepts the mission, but finds himself admiring the older man, while being passionately attracted to his beautiful young wife. This lyrical and unusual
'spaghetti' Western features an international cast, including the late Sam Peckinpah, director of The Wild Bunch.
Screenplay by GERALD F. HARVEY and DOUGLAS A. VENTURELLI
Produced by GIANNI BOZZACCHI
VALERIO DE PAOLIS, MONTE HELLMAN Directed by MONTE HELLMAN
(First showing on British television)
and at 11.40
Starring Warren Oates, James Taylor
Four nameless people - the Driver, GTO, the Girl and the Mechanic in a race against time and each other. The ultimate bet is made - a cross-country duel from the far west to Washington DC. The prize, the loser's treasured car. Hellman's original road movie springs from the world of easy riders where racers travel the paved roads of the American countryside between midnight and dawn - with love and death as their companions.
Screenplay by RUDOLPH WURLITZER and WILL CORRY from a story by WILL CORRY
Produced by MICHAEL s . LAUGHLIN Directed by MONTE HELLMAN Television presentation by JUDY ALPE, GILLIAN GEERING NICK JONES. DAVID THOMPSON 0 FILMS: page 26
Director John Boorman , whose latest film Hope and Glory opened recently, introduces two films starring Jack Nicholson.
Five Easy Pieces also starring Karen Black
Bobby Eroica Dupea , drifting son of a middle-class family of musicians works in oil rigs and construction sites to earn money. His casual attitude extends to Rayette, the waitress he currently lives with and mistreats. Reluctantly he takes her along on a visit to his family home in Seattle. Bob
Rafelson's study of a social misfit in contemporary
America, received four Oscar nominations including one for Nicholson's portrayal of the complex Bobby.
Screenplay ADRIEN JOYCE Based on a story by BOB RAFELSON. ADRIEN JOYCE Produced by BOB RAFELSON. RICHARD WECHSLER Directed by BOB RAFELSON
The Shooting also starring Warren Oates
Arriving at an isolated mine in search of his twin brother Coigne and two accomplices
Leland Drum and Coley, one-time bounty hunter
Willet Gashade finds that Drum has been mysteriously killed and that Coigne is on the run. Then a strange woman appears out of the desert, persuading Gashade and Coley to escort her to the nearest town. But there is a hired gunman on their trail. This rare and haunting
Western was co-produced by Nicholson and established cult director Monte Hellman.
Screenplay by ADRIEN JOYCE
Produced by JACK NICHOLSON and MONTE HELLMAN
Directed by MONTE HELLMAN
(First showing on British television) (Jack Nicholson stars in Ride in the Whirlwind on Friday at 11.20pm) 0 FILMS: page 26
Movies under reviewtonight include CareerGirls, the latest film from Mike Leigh , and Photographing Fairies. based on Steve Szilagyi 's cult novel and starring Toby Stephens. Plus a look at the romantic comedy My Best Friend's
Wedding and a report from the set of Head above Water, a black comedy thriller.
Director David Robertson ; Producer
Bruce Thompson Repeated on Saturday. BBC2 Stereo
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Yes, Sir Nigel. The arts programme profiles the actor Nigel Hawthorne as he prepares to take the lead role in the Royal Shakespeare Company's millennium production of King Lear, following him to rehearsals in Japan and on a visit to his childhood home of Cape Town in South Africa. He also stars in the film Murder in Mind at 11.10pm. See Choice. Director Ian Leese ; Series editor Basil Comely (S) (W)