Re: RARA-AVIS: Recent viewings

From: Jacques Debierue (
Date: 11 Aug 2006

Karin, if you run across a B movie called "Killer Bait", grab it. It is superb. My older son, who is nuts about old noir movies, keeps amassing and amassing... this one is superb, as is another one called D.O.A. (Rudolph Matte, the master photographer, directed it).

Everything I've seen by Dassin has been first rate. Another very fine director of the era is Siodmak. Top notch. I've been reviewing his career with enourmous enjoyment (and admiration). There have got to be some Siodmak fans in this group...

I also got to see, thanks to Barcelona TV, all the early films of Dreyer (Rudolph Matte connection in some of them). Those silents were superb and deserve to be known. Dreyer fans, now that's not even enough for a coterie. Films like Ordet will strip you bare and then put you through a cold shower, spellbound, almost enjoying it (!). What a cheerful guy.



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