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CAMP DAVID, OCTOBER, 2016.

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Curtis Harrington, director of the soon-to-be-released MATA HARI, returns to feature films after working for several years in television. This is surely cause for celebration for aficionados of bizarre and stylish filmmaking.

HALLOWEEN 2016 COLUMN

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As always, this is the time of year when the distributors release their current or rejuvenated horror flicks for a primed holiday audience. The three best horror flicks of the year thus far, in your editor’s humble opinion, are THE GREEN ROOM, MAI-CHAN’S DAILY LIFE, and DON’T BREATHE.

PIONEERS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CINEMA (KINO/Lorber)

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Kino Lorber’s PIONEERS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CINEMA is a home video version of an actual time machine.
 
The films in this collection, made mostly by budget-minded African-American filmmakers, give an honest idea of what life was like before World War II.

RESCUING KING OF THE KONGO

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KING OF THE KONGO has it all! Scary gorillas, hissing dinosaurs, pumped-up jungle explorers, Boris Karloff and sound.

WE’RE WAVING AT GENE WILDER

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Gene Wilder first amused and impressed me in a wonderful sequence in BONNIE AND CLYDE in 1967. He provided what was to be the last burst of ‘fun’ in the movie before things went terribly downhill for Clyde Barrow and his gang

MAMBA

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Watching the action and spectacle of the 1930 Technicolor film MAMBA, you feel like you are watching an epic from the more technically advanced sixties, or seventies. “Mamba’ smashed all records at the Gaiety (Theater) for the two weeks of it’s run,” heralded a trade magazine of it’s day. “The jungle scenes are vividly portrayed in natural color…. Marvelous Technicolor effects. Mamba is supreme for any house, anywhere!” For over eighty years, MAMBA went unseen. It was a lost film.

PIES, FUNNY-MEN AND A MASTER MOVIE-MAKER

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Welcome to GLENN’S NITRATE LOUNGE, our newest Column by Glenn Andreiev.If you want to see a really great pie fight, go to the Museum of Modern Art. That is where THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY, a long lost Laurel and Hardy silent short, which features the greatest pie fight in film history, will screen on July 15th, kicking off SERIOUSLY FUNNY- THE FILMS OF LEO McCAREY.