Friday, 16 January 2009

The Lady Killers (1955) Alexander Mackendrick


  1. I thought I would be brave and post the first comment.

    What is interesting, is that I normally think that films were in black and white and then they changed to colour. This film (1955) was directed by Alex Mackendrick two years before 'Sweet Smell of Success'(1957) which was black and white. So whether to shot in black and white or colour was more of a choice/budget/genre, for about 30 years.

    The other thing that struck me about the film was the wonky house which with the severe dark and light lighting made me think of all those Expressionist films such as Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1919) by Robert Wiene. Time Outs says of this, "One of the most exciting and inspired horror movies ever made" well worth checking out if you haven't seen it already.

    If you have read this - make a post - you know you want to.

  2. Eh... ok.. so i guess ill the be the 1st STUDENT to make a post... >.<, do i get a pressie?

    This film was very interesting, although i couldnt really link it to any art-related stuff that i know, i liked it because having seen the newer version of The Ladykillers, it was very similar on the other hand i find how the characters have been presented in either film are actually quite different, apart from obviously having the intelligent but weak character and the not-quite-so-intelligent but strong character. Having done media in the past, i could read some of the text that's been incorporated in the film, small hints that are given throughout the film about the way it will end and about each actor's character. Anyway, thats enough about me and what i think... NEXT!!

    Jose Dos Santos
    1st Year Foundation
    Graphics Grp2

  3. Thanks Jose.

    No present - but check out the fab poster for this film at: