May 2021

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*contains spoilers The two films Peerce made following The Sporting Club were A Separate Peace (1972) which is based on the latent homosexuality amid the athleticism and secret societies of American selective boarding schools in the novel by John Knowles (1926-2001). Writer Gore Vidal (1925-2012 pneumonia) in the later period of his self-mythologising claimed to…

Read more The Cult Movies of Director Larry Peerce and The Bell Jar (1979) Part Two

*contains spoilers Upon that fateful return to my home town a few years after moving interstate and quitting my first job… I resumed work as a journalist in that snake pit of a newsroom after failing again to produce a novel worth publishing and instead tossed off something worthless… And then shortly afterwards the poetess…

Read more The Evolution and Revolution of Love and Clint Eastwood’s Breezy (1973) Part Two

*contains spoilers This is a semi-autobiographical article about losing your virginity through an act of adultery, the concept of love in the Clint Eastwood movie Breezy (1973) and my nerdy brush with Clint himself many years ago after growing up admiring him as a two-fisted role model of masculinity to an apparently clean-cut kid… It…

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*contains spoilers This year of 1941 and the others are symbolised in Return to Peyton Place with the placement of cars. Selena drives an old 1941 series convertible just when the original movie was set, while the outsider Scandinavian ski instructor played by Gunnar Hellstrom (1917-2006 natural causes) drives a 1960 Renault which is a…

Read more The Genius of Writer Grace Metalious and Return to Peyton Place (1961) Part Two

*contains spoilers Was writer Grace Metalious (1924-64 cirrhosis) some sort of genius or was it the screenwriters which helped to make the movies based on her novels Peyton Place (1957) and Return to Peyton Place (1961) such memorable experiences which sit together with some kind of trashy perfection? They are not great movies, but in…

Read more The Genius of Writer Grace Metalious and Return to Peyton Place (1961) Part One