Mandrake in Film

So, Mandrake in films … I will leave out the boring details (yes, there’s the serial, the pilot made in 1954 and the TV movie from 1979), to focus on the important stuff, so grab on to your top hats because here we go!!!

  • From Federico Fellini’s Intervista, Mastroianni playing Mandrake:

  • From Vittorio De Sicca’s segment of Le Streghe (with Clint Eastwood!):

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The daydreaming scene, which takes about 1 minute, includes other characters like The Phantom, Sadik, Batman, Diabolik and Flash Gordon … The inspiration for Defenders of the Earth? Most likely! (Yes, I just mentioned crossovers again, what do you want from me?)

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  • And, last but not least, the Turkish Mandrake Killing’e Karşı, which features:

A likable enough Mandrake (Jean DuJardin’s father?):

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Classic Killing:

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Killing in disguise as a chauffeur:

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Lothar Abdullah in full minstrel show make-up (let it to the Turks to make it so easy to link Mandrake and Jurgens):

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The best thing is that the movie is fully subtitled (quality is so-so, but if you need more than that, maybe this is not the perfect movie for you) and available (for now, but I guess with lost Turkish movies, this means forever) at youtube, so enjoy without moderation:

Update: Seems I spoke too fast and the movie has been removed … Hope someone else was able to enjoy it, but I am sure there are other ways to find it.

Is Room 237 a waste of your time?

I know I just said that I was really busy, but I recently started watching the free-flowing documentary on The Shining … I only watched the first 20 minutes and while I confirm that it’s all over the place (faceless voices giving their interpretation of the movie based on background details, which in their own minds justify why the movie is about the genocide of native americans, nazis and/or sex), it seems like the kind of thing that might be interesting if you really like the original movie.

Personally, I watched it as a kid and got scared since the starting credits (due to the use of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique), and have probably watched it around 10 times, each time failing to notice a lot of what was mentioned in those first 20 minutes, which is always a good excuse to watch it again when I finish with the craziness that is Room 237. So, to answer my own question, if you REALLY like The Shining, you might discover a few details you never saw in any previous watching of the movie … Up to you to figure out if that’s enough for you or not. I mean, you probably have better things to do (like watching season 4 of Arrested Development).

What kind of bugs me is the fact that they are only doing this because it’s Stanley Kubrick. When can we expect the same level of paranoid criticism with Cujo or Christine?

Fantomas vs Batman (and other Turkish classics)

So I finally checked, and to answer my own question, yes Fantomas vs Batman does exist (or did at some point). I had to dig in my DVD collection to find Onar Films’ release of Kizil Tug Gengiz Han, which includes the Turkish Fantastic Cinema Guide booklet.

I will admit to not having watched the movie yet, but I was really interested in the booklet. It was writen by Bill Barounis, the genius behind Onar Films. I didn’t get to meet him in person, but we exchanged a few emails about his obsession: Turkish cinema. He wanted to recover and release as many unknown or long-thought disappeared Turkish movies as possible. He got to release a few with his own money, out of his love for those movies. Then, a couple of years ago, he passed away.

I would like to share with all of you the pages of the guide dedicated to superhero films in his memory (there are other sections about Horror, Fantasy, Karate, Historical, Western, Science Fiction and a General, let me know if there’s anyone interested and I might scan the rest).

We miss you, Bill!

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And, of course, I would be a piece of shit if I didn’t include this:

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