The Art of the Opening Credit #2


Crime Without Passion (Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, 1934), montage designed by Slavko Vorkapich

6 comments:

swac said...

Whoa.

Restoring Wings is nice and all, but I'll take this and Temple Drake, thanks very much.

swac said...

Someone's selling a grey market version of this on Amazon, the description is at least honest about the fact it's a DVD-R.

Caveat emptor...

Flickhead said...

I once knew a collector who went to great lengths to track down quality prints of films, but on Crime Without Passion he couldn’t find anything — despite the Claude Rains/Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur pedigree, it’s still an obscurity. The copy available from Amazon is from Retro Flix, but my online search for them came up nil. I’m fairly certain that whatever’s out there probably looks like a second or third generation VHS dub, but the blotchy image may even add to its mystique, like you’re watching a movie from another dimension. Tom wrote about the film @ Illusion Travels by Streetcar!

Flickhead said...

For more Vorkapichian visions, you can see one of his 3D sequences from the otherwise staid Canadian horror-thriller The Mask (1961) now on YouTube.

swac said...

YouTube? I have THE MASK on laserdisc! And a friend of mine in Toronto knows the director's son and says he has the original mask prop hanging on his wall at home.

Flickhead said...

We've got to get that mask!! We need to put it on now!!