The 13 Chairs

A very brilliant analysis of Ocean’s Eleven (dir. Lewis Milestone), looked at from a slightly different angle in The Twelve Chairs (dir. Mel Brooks), here much closer to Kelly’s Heroes (dir. Brian G. Hutton) on the simple reward, it makes one hairy.


Someone Behind the Door

The neurosurgeon of Folkestone, who lost his wife at the Hotel Bonaparte and summoned her lover across the Channel to a just reckoning.

The instrument is an amnesiac mental patient with a loaded pistol, a memory is given to the maniac.

The elegant lines and forceful recounting of this tale (the hovercraft in all its tremendous roar creates an impression suitable for the film) do seem to have been lost upon critics.


The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

Since this is, as much as anything else, The Emily Dickinson Story, it will easily be seen that Variety and Janet Maslin of the New York Times had very little idea of it, though critics are often led astray by advertising and Variety therefore assumed it was meant for “shriek freaks”.

Down East, a seacoast village called Wells Harbor, the poet’s daughter, Jewish, her Italian boyfriend, the snotass “real estate lady” and her pervert son, also the poet’s late wife, she of the red nails.

Maslin takes the title character for a “murderess”, that is not exactly so, she’s a bit more like the gorgeous kid of Truffaut’s Une Belle fille comme moi.