There’s nothing like a good ol’ fashioned jealousy-and-revenge story and there’s nothing like a good ol’ fashioned poisoning to provide some late night entertainment. That is all provided in Morgiana, a 1972 gothic/horror film by then Czechoslovak director Juraj Herz. I understand this this film is from the later “Czech New Wave” period and falls in line with similar films like Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders by another Czech director, Jamoril Jireš, or even Herz’s other films (which I have yet to see) like Petrolejové lampy (Oil Lamps) or Spalova? mrtvol (The Cremator).
This mid-1950s expressionist gem is fresh off the memory, having watched it for the first time last evening at the house of the sister (Joy) of one MM Lyle. Joy happens to have a pretty good in depth knowledge of old school horror films and literature, and this film fitting in well with that.
The Night Of The Hunter (dir. Charles Laughton) stars Robert Mitchum as the main antagonist, a con-man and murderer using the role of a preacher as a guise to carry out his dirty deeds of killing lonely ladies and then trying to extort whatever savings they might have laying around for his benefit.
…And we’re back… from tour and still eager to mine the archives of films to share with all you out there. This time having opted for a brief overview of the 1982 “West German cyberpunk thriller” Kamikaze 1989, directed by Wolf Gremm. The main character in this film, Lieutenant Jansen, is played by a later-period, sweat-drenched, chain-smoking Rainer Werner Fassbinder, whose character throughout the whole film seems to be wearing only a leopard-print suit. A “unique” choice of outfit for a plain-clothes police detective as it’s definitely not inconspicuous.
Having been back in London for around four hours now, it seemed like a proper thank you was in order while still riding high on the fumes of a few fantastic days out on tour in France and Belgium with Női Kabát. A massive thanks to Coco and the Romance Moderne crew in Brussels, along with Café Central for the hospitality. Thanks to Rebecca, Agathe, Mateo and the Le Klub folks in Paris for a fun night that left us completely satisfied and drained of energy (in a good way!). Thanks to Nicholas, Isaure and the DMA Gallerie folk in Rennes for a packed and crazed night. It was a a grand trip. And of course Dee, Jonas and Mark for the grand times on the road. See some of you again in May! A selection of photos from the trip below. Credits to Rob DSOAudio, Anna Bat and Karen Bach for some of the live photos.
This is the first journal entry since April 2013. And well, isn’t that a bit of slacking off there?
I’ve been getting enough people who ask about Soft Riot asking about the films I watch as well, mainly as some of the descriptive terms in interviews and whatnot describe the music as “cinematic”, as well as the mentioning of the influence of films in the musical, lyrical and visual content.
There’s a number of samples of films in the live set as well as the records, notably a segment from the 1978 film The Shout, which I’ll likely cover in a future entry.
But it’s 7am in the morning here, two days before a short tour, so let’s grab a coffee, wipe the crust from our eyes and put in a short entry regarding one film called Bunker Palace Hôtel.