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Murder By Contract

A nihilistic hit-man takes on his biggest contract yet, but the job turns out to be tougher than he figured.





I love Detour as much as anybody, but for my money this is the noir B-movie masterpiece. Shot in seven days (!) on a budget of $20,000 (!), it looks superb, thanks to brilliant cinematographer Lucien Ballard (he'd shot Kubrick'd The Killing two years earlier; he would go on to collaborate with Sam Peckinpah in the '60s). The all-guitar music score by Perry Botkin (undeniably influenced by the zither music of The Third Man) is an unheralded classic.

Look for the great moment after the first shooting at the house, when the hit man runs down the hill -- you don't need mega-budgets to create unforgettable images.

Watch this and see why Martin Scorcese called it "the film that has influenced me most".













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Flair Chops
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Watch this and see why Martin Scorcese called it "the film that has influenced me most".
if true, i will have to add this to my watch list






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Watching now





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Watch this and see why Martin Scorcese called it "the film that has influenced me most".

if true, i will have to add this to my watch list


You callin' me a liar?

Here is the quote:

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“This is the film that has influenced me most. I had a clip out of it in Mean Streets but had to take it out: it was too long, and a little too esoteric. And there’s a getting-in-shape sequence that’s very much like the one in Taxi Driver. The spirit of Murder By Contract has a lot to do with Taxi Driver. [Director Irving] Lerner was an artist who knew how to do things in shorthand, like Bresson and Godard. The film puts us all to shame with its economy of style, especially in the barbershop murder at the beginning. Vince Edwards gives a marvelous performance as the killer who couldn’t murder a woman. Murder By Contract was a favorite of neighborhood guys who didn’t know anything about movies. They just liked the film because they recognized something unique about it.”






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The greatest training film ever made:

Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1944)

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Resisting Enemy Interrogation is a 1944 American army training film, directed by Bernard Vorhaus, produced by Ronald Reagan, and written by Harold Medford, that was designed to train U.S. Army Air Forces crews to resist interrogation by the Germans.

The film received an Academy Award nomination for best feature-length documentary for the year 1944.


A production of the Air Force's First Motion Picture Unit, Resisting Enemy Interrogation not only has a suspenseful script but also makes use of all the resources Warner Brothers (Reagan's old studio) can provide. Many of the cast members will be familiar to movie buffs.

Remember, this was not produced for general audiences. It was made specifically for US Airmen to watch before shipping out overseas.









Lengthy article about the history of WWII training films







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Nice write up Kafka I recommend this movie several times here in the past but nobody ever listens to me...






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I recommend this movie several times here in the past but nobody ever listens to me...


And as you know my threads get so many replies it sometimes crashes the site






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And as you know my threads get so many replies it sometimes crashes the site


If people would start paying more attention to your threads I bet a lot of people who think they don't like classic movies would find out they really do.







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A Show Called Fred (1956)



Python fans take note.

This is a rare surviving episode of a major comedy turning point, a little-seen, short-lived, micro-budgeted, but groundbreaking UK TV series starring Peter Sellers. Shot live with some filmed inserts, the director was a 24 year old American named Richard Lester, who would go on to make A Hard Day's Night.

But the dominant creative figure on ASCF is writer Spike Milligan (who wrote The Goon Show, the BBC radio series that made Sellers a star), whose work makes the Marx Brothers look like sticklers for logic and decorum. The comedy is surreal, the style totally anarchic and disjointed.

Watch this and you will see where Monty Python came from. The Pythons were all childhood fans of The Goon Show, and Monty Python's Flying Circus is essentially a merging of Spike Milligan with Peter Cook (whose work you can sample in the British comedy thread). One ASCF gag was actually stol-- er uh revived, I mean paid homage to in Monty Python & The holy Grail.









Spike Milligan












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Just the lighting from the scenes you posted made me add it to my queue.


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Lost Rod Serling Interview (1970)

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In 1970 University of Kansas professor James Gunn interviewed a series of science fiction authors for his Centron film series "Science Fiction in Literature". This footage from an unreleased film in that series featuring an interview with Rod Serling, which wasn't finished due to problems with obtaining rights to show footage from Serling's work in television.


A very interesting interview even if you aren't a big SciFi fan (I'm hardly an expert on the genre myself). Serling discusses a number of topics: his favorite Twilight Zone episodes, the logistics of working on TV budgets, using science fiction to comment on the contemporary scene, and most fascinatingly, Serling (a committed liberal) comes out against tokenism in casting -- what we would now call "political correctness":

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Most television fiction that I watch has very little relevance. I think it's one thing to say that we will now have a program called Mod Squad, say, and we will have one black man and one oriental and one Hawaiian to show this marvelous melting-pot concept. But I think, Jim, that's altogether phony. I don't think that's... I think at best condescension and at worst exploitation. The fact is that we have so distorted the pure ethnic minority over the years by making every black man a banjo player, and a village idiot, and a coward, that suddenly we are going to reverse switch, he is now a brain scientist or an atomic scientist or any one of an equal distortion at the other end.











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"That dirty frick!"





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Bo Jackson was named after Vince Edwards.

Pretty cool stuff.






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The World That Moses Built

A fascinating American Experience documentary on "Master Builder" Robert Moses, who for decades controlled billions in public money and was one of the most powerful men in America, without ever being elected to public office. He (in)famously redesigned New York City to give priority to automobiles, sometimes destroying entire neighborhoods (and relocating thousands of residents) to build highways. Few people in 20th century America were more influential on urban planning.

Robert Moses (1888-1981)



Picketers protest the planned demolition of historic Penn station, early 1960s



Penn Station, RIP







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you can find some obscure stuff, kafka





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This is a killer YouTube pick of the day day





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you can find some obscure stuff, kafka


what would really be nice is if somebody watched it






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iwyLSUiwy
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Did you drop your 50k in here?

Either way






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Kafka
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Did you drop your 50k in here?


naw, ticket exchange






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one of these days when i have time, i'm going to watch all these movies you post





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