Alex Cox introduces another in the season of cult films.
The Phenix City Story Starring
John Mclntire Phenix City, Alabama, is a town in the grip of mob violence and syndicate corruption.
John Patterson , a young crusading lawyer, is determined to break the reign of terror but his campaign is threatened by savage reprisals.
Based on real events in the 1950s, this is a fine example of that much-loved cult genre - the expose film.
Director Phil Karlson
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Mark Cousins introduces the second of two cult films in the new Moviedrome season.
Darkness in Tallinn
Crime thriller. In 1991, independent Estonia awaits the return of$million in gold that has been secretly lying in a Parisian bank vault for nearly half a century.
Unfortunately for Toivo, a young electrician, the ruthless local Mafia have devised a daringand ingenious heist requiring his collaboration. In Estonian and Russian with English subtitles.
Director IlkkaJarvilaturi (1993, 15) Black and white and colour
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Followed by Weatherview
at the National Film Theatre
Nicolas Roeg is one of Britain's most controversial film directors. His pictures are complex, perplexing and occasionally disturbing. Roeg himself is something of an enigma - a private, complicated man who, tonight in his Guardian Lecture, talks for the first time on television to Philip Strick about his progress from clapper-boy to cult cinema figure.
Film extracts include: Walkabout, Don't Look Now, Eureka.
Director TONY TYLEY
Producer ALLAN KASSELL
Film-maker Alex Cox introduces a season of classic cult films.
Tonight Diva starring
Fernandez Frederic Andrei
American diva Cynthia Hawkins has never cut a disc so the cassette secretly recorded by a young fan,
Jules, is priceless. So is the cassette a dying girl drops into Jules's saddle-bag as it exposes the boss of an international vice-ring.
Ruthless killers compete for possession of the tapes and Jules finds himself the innocent quarry in Jean-
Jacques Beineix's witty and stylish film debut.
Written by JEAN JACQUES BEINEIX and JEAN VAN HAMME from the novel by DELACORTA Produced by IRENE SILBERMAN
Directed by JEAN JACQUES BEINEIX TV presentation NICK JONES
(A French film with English subtitles) 'Razorback Russell Mulcahy 's horror movie set in the Australian outback and starring Gregory Harrison , Arkie Whiteley and Bill Ken
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Batman: The Lazarus Syndrome by DIRK MAGGS and SIMON BULLIVANT. The Batman is dead. Police Commissioner Gordon makes a desperate journey through the background of Gotham City's famous vigilante to unmask his killer and to solve the mystery of the occupant of Wayne Manor. Starring and Featuring
Batman created by BOB KANE Based on characters and situations published by DC COMICS INC
Producer DIRK MAGGS
Alex Cox introduces a double bill of cult films by renowned director, SamPeckinpah.
Producer Nick Freand Jones Subtitled
10.25 Major Dundee
At the end of the Civil War, Major
Amos Dundee is determined to wipe out the Apaches who have massacred the people at a US Cavalry post. Short of men, he is obliged to take on thieves, renegades and untried volunteers. He also needs his
Confederate prisoners, who are led by an old enemy, Captain Tyreen.
This classic film is being shown tonight forthe first time in a widescreen format.
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12.25-2.25am Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
Crime drama starring
Tortured to reveal the name of her lover, the young daughter of General
El Jefe gives the name of Alfredo Garcia. El Jefe , a wealthy landowner, offers a million dollars for Garcia's life.
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The Kingdom of the Dead. A look at the cult classic film Night of the Living Dead, made by group of friends on a shoestring budget. Plus a visit to the home of film director Roger Corman , the connection between English castles and American novelist
Edgar Allan Poe (a film based on one of his works follows at
11.30pm) and the enduring imagery of blood.
Directors Ann Hawker and Mike Ibeji Series producer Dev Varma
Donald Cammell : the Ultimate
Few film-makers have generated as much speculation, myth and gossip as Donald Cammell , who made his name with the cult
1969 film Performance. Yet
Cammell's career failed to take off and he directed only three more films, including White of theEye, which follows this programme at 11.30pm, before taking his own life in April in a way reminiscent of a murder attheendof Performance.
This film about Cammell's life and work includes contributions from his family and Performance stars MickJagger, James Fox and Anita Pallenberg , as well as interviews with Cammell filmed shortly before his death.
Directors/Producers Kevin MacDonald and ChrisRodley Stereo Subtitled..
Humphrey Bogart Gloria Grahame Frank Love joy
A Hollywood scriptwriter suspected of murder falls in love with the girl who can provide his alibi.
Bogart is the writer who is proud, selfish -and prone to sudden fits of violence.
Gloria Grahame , an Oscar-winner in 1952, is an ideal foil for Bogart, who always responded to competition from his co-stars.
Nicholas Ray directed Bogart in his first film They Drive by Night and became a cult-figure among American film-fans after Rebel without a Cause and Party Girl.
Directed by NICHOLAS RAY
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with John Wood as FRANZ KAFKA and his hero ' K '
This year is the 50th anniversary of the death of the Czech writer Franz Kafka , and Omnibus tonight presents an adaptation of scenes from his book The Castle. Since his death Kafka has become a cult figure - his world has seemed prophetic: the suffocation of city life, red-tape, bureaucracy, the secret police, events which twist from logic into nightmare. The Castle is the story of a search -for a weird and elusive authority in a village lost in the snow.
Tonight's film tries to solve its mystery - through hints, no more than hints (no final solution is certain) from the book itself and the life of the man who wrote it.
With GEORGE BALLANTINE
HUGH CECIL , LESLIE BRYANT
NICHOLAS KANE , NIGEL STEVENS and the voice of LEWIS STRINGER
Film cameraman BILL MATTHEWS Editor JOHN NEEDHAM
Designer GLORIA CLAYTON
Executive producer MIKE WOOLLER
Written and directed by COLIN NEARS
(John Wood and Tony Church are members of the RSC)
A film by RAY CONNOLLY
The story of the American actor James Dean who, in the mid-50s, became a cult figure - the hero of his contemporaries and succeeding generations of young people. This revealing film portrait includes contributions from actors and friends who knew him well-
CARROLL BAKER , NATALIE WOOD , SAL MINEO , DENNIS HOPPER , SAMMY DAVIS JR , director NICHOLAS RAY -with extracts from early TV plays, his first screen test and his films. Narrated by STACY KEACH
Producers DAVID PUTNAM , SANDY LIEDERSON East of Eden - next week's Sunday Cinema
starring Trevor Eve in I'm a Believer by jim HAWKINS with Michael Medwin , Doran Godwin and Liz Crowther
The Starshine cult hates all material things except Maddy Hopkins 's money ... and Radio West's newsroom hates Eddie.
Music composed by GEORGE FENTON Film recordist NIGEL WOODFORD Film editor M. A. c. ADAMS Designer JOHN HURST
Photography ELMER COSSEY
Producer ROBERT BANKS STEWART Directed by MIKE VARDY
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Twenty years ago an American ex-alcoholic called CHUCK DEDERICH founded Synanon, an idealistic commune dedicated to curing heroin addicts. Its lifestyle-a combination of strong discipline and the seductive ' Synanon game ' - proved so attractive that non-addicts began to join. By the 1970s Synanon had developed into a multi-million-dollar religious cult, and Dederich into a semi-divine leader. Under his leadership the Synanon members shaved their heads, divorced their wives, and submitted to vasectomies.
Today Dederich is on trial for conspiracy to murder. In this Everyman report Peter France tells the story of the rise and fall of Synanon, learns why its followers surrendered to Dederich, and why, like so many cults, the original dream turned to nightmare.
Film cameraman TAN STONE Film editor STEVE NEWSHAM Producer NORMAN STONE
Everyman editor WILLIAM NICHOLSON See page 3
Eueft/MtOM reports on a 48-year-old peasant woman called Maria da Conceicao, whose community in Ladeira, Northern Portugal, has become the centre of an ecstatic cult. Her followers claim she is t saint, and she herself says she has visited heaven 15 times. Contrary to scientific evidence, she declares, the moon and various planets she passes on her way are inhabited. The Church has excommunicated her. This Rim shows two events which her followers acclaimed as miracles, witnesses the scenes of hysteria which accompanied them, and examines the reasons for her celebrity - and notoriety.
Film editor RICHARD BpoNsxiLL Film cameraman LAuptE RUSH Producer DANtEL WOLF
Editor wfLLiAM mcHOLSox
W. H. Auden dominated English letters in the 1930s. Books like The Orators and Look Stranger! and plays like The Dog Beneath the Skin and The Ascent of F6 burst like bombshells in the minds of the young and left-wing. Auden became a cult. He was the darling of the avant-garde until January 1939 when he left England to settle in New York. He became an American citizen and continued to write until his death in Vienna in 1973. He is considered by many to be the most distinguished poet in English this century.
In the first film portrait since his death, Robert Robinson examines Auden's character and achievement and explores the landscapes, both real and imaginary, which his poems evoke. Christopher Isher wood and Stephen Spender are among Auden's friends and family taking part.
Written by ROBERT ROBINSON Film editor
Producer ADAM LOW
Eight documentaries about some of the leading masters of martial arts and their extraordinary skills. 1: Shorinji Kempo - the New Way Narrated by Dennis Waterman
Shorinji Kempo is a new fighting system created by the late Doshin So, Japanese intelligence agent who operated for many years in China. After the war he founded a fighting religious cult. There are now more than a million followers organised from a huge temple complex on a remote island in Japan. The founder's daughter finds herself in charge of an army of dedicated masters of fighting, some of quite extraordinary ....1.:11... SKUIS.
Film cameraman JIM SAUNDERS
Sound recordist KEITH RODGERSON Film editor ANDREW JOHNSTON ,
Assistant producer HOWARD REID , Written and produced by MICHAEL CROUCHER BBC Bristol
The Miracle Worker of Ladeira Maria da Conceicao is a 48-year-old peasant woman whose community in Ladeira, northern Portugal, has become the centre of an ecstatic cult. Her followers claim she is a saint, and she herself says she has visited heaven 15 times. Contrary to scientific evidence, she declares, the moon and various planets she passes on her way are inhabited. The Roman Catholic Church has excommunicated her. This film shows two events which her followers acclaimed as miracles, witnesses the scenes of hysteria which accompanied them, and examines the reasons for her celebrity - and notoriety.
Film editor RICHARD BRUNSKILL Producer DANIEL WOLF
The feature film starring Dirk Bogarde, John Mills
Quantana, an isolated Mexican town, is terrorised by the bandit Anacleto. To maintain his power he murders people, making his way through the alphabet.... The arrival of a new priest brings about an inevitable confrontation between good and evil.... This unusual film, firmly established as a 'cult movie', is distinguished by its two central performances and the strong element of sexual ambiguity in Anacleto's obsessive love for the new priest.
Screenplay by nigel BALCHIN From the novel by AUDREY ERSKINE LINDOP
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Fourth of eight programmes West
West Berlin lies deep within East Germany, an island surrounded in part by its infamous wall, occupied by Allied troops - a symbol of East-West relations.
Yet its 24-hour lifestyle and sometimes radical politics act as a beacon to young people from all over Europe.
With the help of cult star Blixa Bargeld , students, former squatters and Mancunian ex-patriate Mark Reeder , who came to Berlin six years ago for a holiday and decided to stay, Red
Herrings takes a dip into the West, the wall, and the long, long night.
Film cameraman LAURIE RUSH Film editor SIMON HOLLAND Producer CHRIS LENT
Directed by SUE DAVIDSON
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The first of two programmes Follies: Four Days in New York Broadway, 6 September 1985.
A unique concert performance of Stephen Sondheim 's Follies, a cult musical ever since it was first staged in 1971, with a top line cast that would never be assembled for a normal theatre run. This film follows four hectic days of rehearsal for the gala concert, and shows highlights from one of Broadway's most memorable nights. After the show, Carol Burnett said 'It was like being shot out of a cannon', and the New York Times reported,
'The audience simply erupted into pandemonium'.
The principal performers are Lee Remick
George Hearn Barbara Cook and Mandy Patinkin with special contributions from
Elaine Stritch Carol Burnett
Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Liliane Montevecehi Licia Albanese and Erie Mills
New York Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Paul Gemignani
Introduced by Ronald Eyre Photography JOHN HOOPER Dubbing mixer ROB JAMES
Sound recordist BRUCE GALLAWAY Film editor JERRY LEON
Directed by MICHAEL HOULDEY
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