DVDs of films old and new are tumbling into the marketplace faster than we can keep up with them, even with our movie-a-day habits. But there are still scores of reputed movies that show little sign of ever making it to DVD anytime soon. Some of those movies are still available on VHS, but only barely, at just a few places around the country (if that). I'm taking out a membership to Facets in Chicago so I can rent some videotapes by mail-order before my chances of seeing these movies evaporates entirely. I just made up a rental list for the next several months. None of these films is available on region 1 DVD as far as I know.
-- Bunuel: Death in the Garden; Fever Mounts in El Pao; The Great Madcap; Mexican Busride; Susana; El Bruto; A Woman Without Love.
-- Godard: Numero Deux; Comment Ça Va; Ici et Ailleurs; La Chinoise.
-- Rossellini: Age of the Medici; Blaise Pascal; The Messiah; Socrates; Era Notte A Roma; Augustine of Hippo; Amore; Fear; The Machine to Kill Bad People; Vanina Vanini; Return of the Pilot.
-- Hawks: A Girl In Every Port; Red Line 7000; Land of the Pharaohs.
-- Ruiz: The Golden Boat; On Top of the Whale; Three Lives and Only One Death; Life Is A Dream.
-- Ophuls: La Signora Di Tutti; The Bartered Bride.
-- Von Sternberg: Shanghai Express; Underworld; Crime and Punishment.
-- Rocha: Antonio Das Mortes; Black God, White Devil.
-- Antonioni: Identification of a Woman; The Mystery of Oberwald.
-- Becker: Rendezvous in July; Antoine and Antoinette; Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves; Modigliani.
-- Boris Barnet: By The Blues of Seas; The House on Trubnaya; Patriots.
-- Lubitsch: The Doll; So This Is Paris; Lady Windermere's Fan.
-- Tourneur: Experiment Perilous; Circle of Danger.
-- And several single titles: Marker's Le Joli Mai; Fuller's China Gate; Suwa's H Story; Renoir's Tire-Au-Flanc; Sirk's La Habanera; Murnau's City Girl; Dovzhenko's Zvenigora; Robert Kramer's Route One USA; Rivette's The Nun; De Toth's Pitfall; Van Der Keuken's Big Ben; Dos Santos' Memories Of Prison; Varda's Lion's Love.
Here's the Facets catalog search page.
The membership costs $24 a month for unlimited VHS or DVD rentals, and there is a shipping charge for VHS but not for DVD. Membership and rental details are available at this page.
A few links:
-- Robin Wood recently announced his retirement. DK Holm has a tribute to him at Screengrab. Holm also maintains an exhaustive Robin Wood bibliography on the Internet.
-- Acquarello posts a list of current and upcoming DVD releases.
-- David Bordwell on anthology (or omnibus) films.
-- The Siren on Albert Lewin's Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951).
-- Tucker Teague on Cindy Sherman.
-- Jonathan Rosenbaum blogs: "Goofus: a Latin declension of the middle-class Disney mutt, best known for his unbuttoned longjohns and his stammering, guttural dim-wittedness. McPherson: the lovesick, necrophiliac cop played by Dana Andrews in Laura. Let's suppose for the sake of argument that Walt Disney hired Otto Preminger to remake his own noir as a cartoon, a sort of animated True-Life Adventure."
pic: Godard's La Chinoise (1967).