Sunday, 13 October 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 298: Fri Oct 25

The Pit and the Pendulum (Corman, 1961): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 8.45pm
+ Roger Corman in conversation (NFT1, 6.30pm)


This film is screening as part of the BFI Southbank Gothic season and is also being shown on October 29th and November 26th. Details here. Tonight's presentation will be preceded by a special appearance from director Roger Corman. Details of that event can be found here.

Chicago Reader review:
Roger Corman's second go at Edgar Allan Poe (1961) appears just a bit labored, with Poe's tale of psychological torture during the Inquisition tacked on to Richard Matheson's original screenplay. But this team, the same Corman group that made House of Usher and went on to establish Corman as the cinema's chief interpreter of Poe, shows a genuine flair for the gothic cinema that is still a delight. Vincent Price gives one of his better performances, and Barbara Steele (who is to the British gothic movie what Vera Hruba Ralston was to Republic Pictures) is there to add authenticity. Refreshingly good-humored, and marked by Corman's delirious visual sense.
Don Druker


Here (and above) is the trailer for the film.

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