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Sam Fuller
Topic by: SRhodes
Posted: March 28, 2003 - 2:36 PM PST
Last Reply: March 29, 2003 - 11:14 AM PST

author topic: Sam Fuller
SRhodes
post #1  on March 28, 2003 - 2:36 PM PST  

There is a Sam Fuller retrospective in the Bay area and his daughter Christa Lang Fuller will be at some of the films.

I'll post details in the next post.
SRhodes
post #2  on March 28, 2003 - 2:39 PM PST  


Saturday, March 29 at 12:00 noon at the Roxie in SF

The Naked Kiss
Christa Lang Fuller IN PERSON!

A former hooker moves to a small town and falls in love with the pilar of the community. But just before their wedding she catches him molesting a young child. The shocking events which follow place her in a deadly race against time. Starring Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante. Written produced and directed by Sam Fuller. 35mm B&W. 1:166. 94 mins. 1964. USA. Showtime: 12:00 noon only. Christa Lang Fuller will be here in person to sign of A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting and Filmmaking, Sams autobiography he wrote with with his wife and Jerome Henry Rudes.



SRhodes
post #3  on March 28, 2003 - 3:18 PM PST  

The Rafael March 29th to April 2nd (and Christa is his wife). Since it is a ways down the page, here is the intro and schedule:

Emotion pictures - a Sam Fuller retrospective:

"It's been said that if you don't like the Rolling Stones,
then you just don't like rock and roll.
By the same token, I think that if you don't like the films of Sam Fuller, then you just don't like cinema. Or at least you don't understand it."
- Martin Scorsese

Samuel Fuller (1912-1997) always pushed the envelope. One of the most visually inventive of American filmmakers, he was also one of the most visceral of artists, relentlessly shaping raw emotions and conflict into his unconventional movies. His formative experiences - as a newsboy, crime reporter, pulp novelist and infantryman in World War II - provided his films with techniques as well as subject matter. The tabloid writer in him liked to open a scene with an attention-grabbing shock, and the soldier in him, who had carried a 16mm camera when his company liberated the concentration camp at Falkenau, knew war well enough to expose its unmerciful horror.

As a writer, producer and director, Fuller was the undeniable author of his work. His films could depict lowlifes and characters on the margins of society. He would underscore his stories' most violent or lurid moments with aggressive camera techniques and a dark sense of humor.

While he enjoyed his most prolific period during the twilight years of the studio era, this fiercely independent artist would become mentor and inspiration for generations of younger filmmakers, including Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Curtis Hanson and others. They recognized that Fuller was not a conventional maker of war movies, westerns and crime melodramas, but someone who would view contradictions and corruption in America with an unblinking eye. For example, Fuller's movies dealt with racism more consistently than any American directors of his generation.

We salute this American maverick with some of his films, to celebrate the publication of A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting and Filmmaking, the autobiography he wrote with Christa Lang Fuller and Jerome Henry Rudes.

German-born Christa met Sam in Paris in 1965, and she became his wife, partner and frequent collaborator during the last three decades of his life, including several years in Europe. She will visit the Rafael to discuss her husband's legacy and to sign copies of this remarkable book, which we will have available for sale.

In Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le Fou (1965), the character played by Jean-Paul Belmondo runs into Samuel Fuller at a party and asks him "what the cinema is." Fuller replies: "The film is like a battleground. Love. Hate. Action. Violence. Death. In one word, emotion."


Discussion and Book Signing with Christa Lang Fuller

Pickup on South Street
Saturday, March 29, 7:00

Fuller's film noir classic stars Richard Widmark as a New York pickpocket hounded by police after accidentally laying his fingers on microfilm stolen by Communist spies. Anything but a McCarthyist tract, this superb thriller shows a terrific feeling for its underworld milieu of petty criminals and marginal people, and when Widmark's Skip McCoy helps the FBI, it's not out of political principle, but to settle a personal score. Jean Peters projects sensuality and vulnerability as the streetwalker carrying the stolen goods, and in an Oscar-nominated performance, Thelma Ritter invests Moe, the weary police informer, with sympathy and unforgettable resonance. This is a lean and supple masterpiece. Also starring Richard Kiley. Writer/Director: Samuel Fuller. (US, 1952) 80 min.


Presented by Christa Lang Fuller

The Naked Kiss
Saturday, March 29, 9:00

One of Fuller's most audacious films stars Constance Towers as a prostitute who arrives in an apparently idyllic small town to start life anew, only to discover the community harbors its own dirty little secrets. Fuller's attack on social hypocrisy unfolds like a surreal melodrama, as though Peyton Place were directed by Luis BuŮuel. One thing is certain: in its thematic conflict between innocence and evil, The Naked Kiss anticipates David Lynch's Blue Velvet by two decades. From the jaw-dropping opening sequence, through its many strong cinematic moments, Fuller's melodrama treads a forceful path between pulp and art. Cinematographer: Stanley Cortez (The Night of the Hunter). Cast: Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante, Virginia Grey, Patsy Kelly, Betty Bronson. Writer/Producer/Director: Samuel Fuller. (US, 1964) 93 min.


Discussion with Christa Lang Fuller, 4:00

Tigrero: A Film That Was Never Made
Sunday, March 30, 4:00 & 9:00

In 1954 Sam Fuller went to the Amazon rainforest to plan a film that was to star John Wayne, Ava Gardner and Tyrone Power. When he returned to Hollywood, Fox shelved the project (the stars' insurance premiums were too high), and Fuller was left with 16mm footage he had taken of the KarajŠ Indians. In the early 1990s, at the suggestion of Christa Fuller, Finnish filmmaker Mika Kaurismški followed Sam and traveling companion Jim Jarmusch back into the deepest Amazon, taking with them the 40-year-old footage to show to the KarajŠ. Fuller and Jarmusch make a pretty amusing team, and ever-energetic Sam even manages to find an old friend. A fine document of Sam the man, Tigrero captures him with all his charm and gusto. Director: Mika Kaurismški. (Finland/Germany/Brazil, 1994) 75 min.


Introduced by Christa Lang Fuller

Park Row
Sunday, March 30, 7:00

Opening with the legend "Dedicated to American Journalism," Park Row was Fuller's ode to the street that once was the heart of New York's newspaper business. He personally financed this labor of love, allotting the lion's share of his modest budget to building an elaborate 1880s set that could accommodate his dynamic moving camera. His thoroughly entertaining yarn is about the birth of a great newspaper. Gene Evans stars as Phineas Mitchell, a visionary editor who launches The New York Globe from a saloon and guides it through the development of the linotype printing press and the completion of the Statue of Liberty, as well as a violent newspaper war. Fuller pays tribute to the principles of a free press with tabloid-infused urgency. With Mary Welch. Writer/Producer/Director: Samuel Fuller. (US, 1952)

Forty Guns
Monday, March 31, 7:00

Fuller's legendary western, a favorite of his European admirers, stars Barbara Stanwyck as the powerful, sensual cattle baroness Jessica Drummond, first seen dressed in black, furiously riding her white stallion followed by forty men on forty horses. Establishing Jessica's men as her forty "guns," Fuller pushes the sexual metaphors to the extreme, creating a subversive meditation on America's fascination with firearms. Also starring Barry Sullivan and Gene Barry, and brilliantly filmed in widescreen, Forty Guns is a daring and innovative western that turns all the standard myths on their head. Writer/Director: Samuel Fuller. (US, 1957) 80 min.


Tell Me Sam:
Encounters with Samuel Fuller
Falkenau the Impossible:
Samuel Fuller Bears Witness
Tuesday & Wednesday, April 1 & 2, 7:00

As a special, late addition to the Rafael series Emotion Pictures: Celebrating Sam Fuller, we are pleased to present two rarely-seen documentary portraits of this maverick American filmmaker made by French director Emil Weiss. Filmed on various European locations, including Paris, Prague and Nuremburg, Tell Me Sam (1989) reveals Fuller reflecting on journalism, filmmaking and his often hard-hitting social themes, such as racism and war. In Falkenau the Impossible (1988), Fuller and Weiss revisit the Czechoslovakian concentration camp liberated in May 1945 by The Big Red One, Fuller's U.S. Army unit. As a young infantryman, he had carried a 16mm camera into the camp, and in this moving documentary he watches and discusses his footage for the first time in more than forty years. Both films convey the natural storyteller in Fuller, as well as his passionate beliefs. Total running time approximately 2 hours.

dpowers
post #4  on March 28, 2003 - 5:36 PM PST  
comments...

hopefully this is a sign that these films are coming out on DVD as seems to be the trend. it's a very good selection!

park row (sunday, 7pm) and forty guns (monday, 7pm) are great and rare and neither as far as i know is easily available on video.

interesting that none of the war films are in here, disappointing, and hard to justify considering how he got his start; how he always described filmmaking as per the quotes; and how good the steel helmet and the big red one are.
DLeonard
post #5  on March 29, 2003 - 10:37 AM PST  
The film I was most hoping for Fuller's White Dog made toward the end of his career and practically unreleased due to its controversial nature. Perhaps it is still too controversial.
dpowers
post #6  on March 29, 2003 - 11:14 AM PST  
white dog... you know if you're looking for it i think movie image in berkeley has a copy of that on VHS, you could call them to check. i know le video in SF has a copy.

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