More Choice From Less

The Arts

With Netflix and Lovefilm, Sky and Virgin filling our screens with movies, the more choice we have the less of any interest we get to see. Sky is particularly slapdash about its scheduling, which is filled with no-hoper rom-coms and US flops.

It’s not just our attention spans that suffer but the fact that the fourth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie, which was slated by critics, dominates the schedules while the kind of monochrome staples one used to see on TV (largely with Robert Mitchum or Bette Davis) are now invisible.

And a great many films remain unviewable anywhere on any format. Lucky we have barmy Evrim Ersoy to tell us about ‘Maldoror’,’the holy grail amongst film collectors, matched only by ‘The Day the Clown Cried’ (a film in which Jerry Lewis cheers up kids going to the gas chamber). Although he points out that finding a copy would be, in the words of the director, as “beautiful as the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on a dissecting table.” Wha – ?

If you’re not yet a fan of Evrim’s – and haven’t visited his excellent film club – try here.

2 comments on “More Choice From Less”

  1. BangBang!! says:

    Channel 4 have been showing some older films recently around 1pm. This week there’s been a St Trinians, Blithe Spirit, The Third Man and Brighton Rock.. It’s not much but it’s something.

  2. Helen Martin says:

    That’s not too bad at all. I’ve even seen some things on Turner Classic Movies that I shouldn’t have ever missed, including The Lavender Hill Mob.

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