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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Nicholas Ray Blogathon: Considering Ray Elsewhere in the Blogosphere - Day 4

by Tony Dayoub

Wow, I couldn't have timed it better if I tried. On this final day I received a bunch of first-time contributions from some of my favorite bloggers. These are the bloggers that I read and learn a lot from. So I highly recommend perusing through all of today's submissions.

I'd like to take the time to thank everyone who contributed, promoted this thing, or even just stopped by to read. I'll single out the prolific Jake Cole as this Blogathon's MVP. With a whopping 21 submissions, Jake sure beat me in number of posts. He was having his own Ray blogathon over at Not Just Movies. I'd also like to make a special mention of our only international submission, the final one listed below. Dottor SINema has included an English translation at the bottom of the piece.

This was one of my favorite undertakings this year, and it's got me primed for my annual trip to the New York Film Festival. I've got a lot of press screenings lined up while I'm up there (please stop by to read this year's edition of my annual NYFF coverage), but one in particular should be of interest to Ray enthusiasts, the U.S. premiere of Susan Ray's digital restoration of Ray's final film, We Can't Go Home Again (1979).

Remember also, for those who want to catch up with some of Ray's work you may have missed, TCM is paying tribute to the the director in October, showing all but a handful of his movies every Tuesday night that month. Aside from the TV premiere of We Can't Go Home Again, they've programmed such rarities as A Woman's Secret, Born to Be Bad, Wind Across the Everglades and 55 Days at Peking. (I will almost certainly be writing up whatever Ray films I didn't get to at this time. Although I may push out one more this evening.)

Here's the final bunch of submissions I've got:

They Live By Night:

A Heart Can Only Take So Much by Bill Ryan at The Kind of Face You Hate

A Woman's Secret:

Nicholas Ray Blogathon: "You'd be surprised how often the truth is...pat..." by Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

On Dangerous Ground:

On Dangerous Ground by Joel Bocko at The Dancing Image
COOL FLICKS: On Dangerous Ground (1952) by John F. Norris at Pretty Sinister Books

Rebel Without a Cause:

Nicholas Ray Blogathon: Rebel Without a Cause by Meredith at Forever Classics

Bigger Than Life:

God Was Wrong by Andreas Stoehr at Pussy Goes Grrr
God, Men and Monsters: Nicholas Ray’s Bigger Than Life by Ariel Schudson at Sinamatic Salve-ation

The True Story of Jesse James:

Infamous & Elusive: The True Story of Jesse James by Jason Bellamy at The Cooler
Nicholas Ray, Jesse James and a Missed Opportunity by Greg Ferrara at Cinema Style

Wind Across the Everglades:

Wind Across the Everglades (Nicholas Ray & Budd Schulberg, 1958) by Jake Cole at Not Just Movies

Party Girl:

Party Girl (Nicholas Ray, 1958) by a Jake Cole at Not Just Movies

The Savage Innocents:

The Savage Innocents (Nicholas Ray, 1960) by Jake Cole at Not Just Movies

King of Kings:

King of Kings (Nicholas Ray, 1961) by Jake Cole at Not Just Movies

55 Days at Peking:

55 Days at Peking (Nicholas Ray, 1963) by Jake Cole at Not Just Movies

Wet Dreams "The Janitor":

The Nicholas Ray Blogathon: "The Janitor" (1974) by Stacia at She Blogged By Night
"The Janitor" (Nicholas Ray, 1974) by Jake Cole at Not Just Movies

Lightning Over Water:

Reel Life: Lightning Over Water (1980) by Ray Banks at Norma Desmond's Monkey


The Dangerous Beauty of Nick Ray - Part 1 and Part 2 by Kevyn Knox at The Most Beautiful Fraud in the World
LIGHTNING OVER RAY... the man called Nick! NICK'S MOVIE - Nicholas Ray blogathon by Dottor SINema at Drug me to movie hell!!


Thomas Duke said...

I'll send you a review of A WOMAN'S TOUCH tonight, if that's okay. I've been busy ;) This looks like a ton of great stuff to check out. I'll look at it this weekend.

Jake Cole said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Tony. I didn't really set out to write more than a few pieces, but I ended up being so overwhelmed that I decided to fill all my Ray gaps and then just went "Oh, to hell with it, might as well write about them." Obviously, the experience was a rewarding one. There are precious few of his movies I wouldn't watch again, and I don't feel cheated for time for having seen any of them. I was already a Ray fan, but now I can more than get behind all those seemingly hyperbolic claims about him.

Stacia said...

Ah, there I am. Was beginning to think you'd forgotten me.

Dottor SINema said...

Thanks for the special mention, Tony!! Enjoy NYFF, I'd love to be there, say hello to my fave town!!!