Tag: Burt Lancaster

August 23, 2013 / / Main Slate

capaldi_local_hero

Since its release in 1983, LOCAL HERO has attracted a small, but vocal, audience of cinephiles.  Though the understated magical realism of its story and its gorgeous depiction of the Scottish coastline has won it great acclaim, Burt Lancaster’s fans treasure it as one of his finest late-career performances.  Just as Lancaster was winding down his career, though, a fellow cast member had started building an impressive filmography of his own.  Peter Capaldi, who made his second film appearance as the hapless Oldsen, would go on to become one of the pre-eminent character actors of his generation.  American audiences may know him best from IN THE LOOP, in which he played a government spin doctor with a short fuse and an impressive vocabulary.  Earlier this summer, Capaldi’s career took another surprising turn when he was announced as the next actor to headline the iconic British sci-fi series Doctor Who.  

August 20, 2013 / / Main Slate

SWEET-SCENE

If it’s light out, you can’t watch SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS.

New York City is a trusted muse for nearly every significant filmmaker. Woody Allen, for example, based many films in his beloved hometown. Every studio used to have their version of New York City – a set equipped with stereotypical, stylistic trappings, ready to be employed in any quintessential crime and noir film.