Victory for Napoléon: cinema and DVD/Blu-ray release at last

I’m so excited for the Blu Ray release of Napoleon (1927)

Silent London

Hold on to your three-cornered hats. This may well be the news you have been waiting for since … ooh 1980 or thereabouts. BFI and the Photoplay have announced jointly that Napoléon, Abel Gance’s silent masterpiece, is coming to a screen near you – whether that is a concert hall, cinema, TV or computer. We all have three-screen TVs right?

So you can see Napoléon (1927) with the Philharmonia orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall this autumn – and many of us know what a treat that can be – but it will also be available to buy on DVD/Blu-ray, to stream on the BFIplayer and theatrically released in cinemas too. And make no mistake, this is the Kevin Brownlow restoration with Carl Davis’s epic score – the definitive five-and-a-half hour version of Napoléon that you really need in your life.

And while the live and cinema screenings will…

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Twin Peaks

I love Twin Peaks


Twin Peaksphoto gallery of 100 restored pictures starring :

  • The excellent Kyle MacLachlan (Desperate Housewives, HIMYM) as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper
  • Michael Ontkean (North Shore) as Sheriff Harry S. Truman
  • Mädchen Amick (My Own Worst Enemy) as Shelly ‘Cute as an huckleberry pie’ Johnson
  • Dana Ashbrook (Dawson’s Creek) as Bobby The Rebel
  • Richard Beymer as Benjamin ‘Save the pine weasel’ Horne
  • Lara Flynn Boyle as Donna, Laura’s best friend
  • Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey ‘Sex Bomb’ Horne
  • Warren Frost (Matlock, Seinfeld) as Doctor William Hayward (father of Donna)
  • The beautifulPeggy Lipton (The Mod Squad, Alias, Crash) as Norma Jennings
  • James Marshall (the famous song scene is here)
  • Don S. Davis as Major Briggs ‘It’s classified’ (Don died in 2008)
  • Joan Chen as the mysterious Josie Packard
  • Eric DaRe as Leo the wife-beater
  • Everett McGill as Big Ed
  • The fabulous trio Lucy /…

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NAF 2015: Manfred Zylla’s 120 Days of Sodom book launch


The Lovers The Lovers

This interview was first published in Cape Times on 25 June 2015.

Anyone familiar with Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1975 film Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom will tell you that there’s no going back from watching its contents.

Similarly, reading through Dante’s Divine Comedy, or experiencing the depraved writings of literary scoundrel Marquis de Sade, are feats not advised on a full stomach.

Inspired by the above-mentioned references, German artist Manfred Zylla’s 120 Days of Sodom is a series of images born out of the painter’s lifelong kinship with the work produced by their creators.

Produced by Zylla alongside the Erdmann Contemporary in Cape Town, a new 177-page book featuring the entire collection will be launched at this year’s National Arts Festival (NAF) in Grahamstown.

Featuring a lead essay written by writer, filmmaker and NAF film programme curator Trevor Steele Taylor, among the book’s more than 30 other contributors are Ivor…

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