Feature: An Interview with Orchidea De Santis

Best known for her roles in the Italian Sex Comedies, Daniel D’Arpe had the pleasure of speaking to Orchidea De Santis about her roots, film career and her work away from the film industry. Despite whatever snobbish critics may have said, the truth of the matter was that filmgoers absolutely loved the sex comedies of Italy’s yesteryear.  Embracing the change in culture... Read More

Cult Fiction: Starcrash (1978)

FMV Magazine presents Cult Fiction – a look at sci-fi movies that have garnered a cult following over the years. Opening the series is Dan D’Arpe’s look at Starcrash starring Caroline Munro, Marjoe Gortner and Christopher Plummer. Laughable special effects. A plot that can barely be followed. And Caroline Munro in space bikinis. These are but some of the hallmarks... Read More

Tune In: The Psychedelic Film Experience: I Love You, Alice B Toklas! (1968)

Tune In: The Psychedelic Film Experience drops out with Tim Wickens examining I Love You, Alice B Toklas! (1968) starring Peter Sellers, Joyce Van Patten, and Leigh Taylor-Young; from a script from Paul Mazursky and directed by Hy Averback. Psychedelic guru Dr. Timothy Leary famously said, “Turn on, tune in, and drop out,” no film is a better example of that quote than this.... Read More

Tune In: The Psychedelic Film Experience – Altered States (1980)

Tune In: The Psychedelic Fim Experience continues with Brian Gregory looking at Altered States starring William Hurt and Blair Brown. This film, based on Paddy Chayefsky’s novel of the same name, hurls its lead character back to the beginning of creation at break-neck psychedelic speed and you can’t help but be caught up in its intensity and daring. Altered States tells the... Read More

Tune In: The Psychedelic Film Experience – Zabriskie Point (1970)

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Tune In: The Psychedelic Film Experience witnesses Tim Wickens getting lost in the desert of Zabriskie Point (1970) starring Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin with Rod Taylor and directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Let us begin with the interesting story of Mark Frechette and Daria Halprin. Antonioni toured the United States to find his stars for this film. In Boston Massachusetts,... Read More

Race Relations: Red Corner (1997)

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Race Relations continues with Dawn Dabell looking at Red Corner starring Richard Gere and Bai Ling. For this instalment of Race Relations, I take a look at a story of injustice within China’s legal system. A foreigner –  a white man – arrested for a crime he says he didn’t commit during a business trip to China… faced with a trial in an unfamiliar system and... Read More

Race Relations: The Lost Man (1969)

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Race Relations continues with Jonathon Dabell looking at The Lost Man starring Sidney Poitier and Al Freeman Jr. Back in 1947, a rather wonderful film was made by director Carol Reed called Odd Man Out. In it, James Mason starred as Johnny McQueen, the leader of some Irish freedom fighters, involved in a robbery designed to steal more funds for his organisation. After being injured... Read More

Tune In: The Psychedelic Experience: How I Won the War (1967)

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Tune In: The Psychedelic Experience continues with Brian Gregory looking at How I Won The War starring Michael Crawford and John Lennon. How I Won The War is mostly remembered for being the film that John Lennon briefly starred in, as Musketeer Gripweed, while he was writing Strawberry Fields Forever, just before Sergeant Pepper was recorded (The Pepper song A Day In The Life references... Read More

Race Relations: Ae Fond Kiss (2004)

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The Race Relation feature continues with Dawn Dabell looking Ae Fond Kiss starring Atta Yaqub and Eva Birthistle. Ae Fond Kiss (2004) is an interesting film as it not only looks at the effects of two different races coming together, it also explores the effects different religious backgrounds can have on a couple’s relationship. The film tackles a number of cultural issues including... Read More

Silver Screams IV: Trog (1970)

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Silver Screams IV concludes with Dawn Dabell looking at Trog starring Joan Crawford and Joe Cornellius. Actress Joan Crawford had starred in some marvellous films in the 20th century: Mildred Pierce (1945), Sudden Fear (1952) and What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962) among countless others. As the years passed by, leading roles became scarcer for her as the roles she once lapped... Read More