Monday, August 20, 2007

Artist and Muse #26


Here is a shot from Cinestills of the lovely Kim Novak being directed by the great Robert Aldrich in THE LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE (1968). This crazed over the top film about an unknown actress hired to portray a late legendary star from the Thirties is in serious need of a dvd release. While not among the best films that either Novak or Aldrich made, it is one one of the strangest and it would offer the talented (and often undervalued) Novak her last great role. She would make just a few appearances in the decade after this troubling film and she makes the most of her duel role here.
Aldrich shot THE LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE right in between THE DIRTY DOZEN (1967) and the controversial THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE (1968), and it is one of the oddest and off the wall films he ever directed.
The film also features several genre favorites including Rosella Falk, Gabriele Tinti and Valentina Cortese. It has never had a home video release and occasional tv showings and grey market copies are currently the only way to see it. It makes a great double feature with Joseph Losey's unhinged BOOM, also from 1968 and can be used as a perfect example of the old cliche, "They don't make em like they used to."

4 comments:

Olmer said...

a Vertigo remake with the same actress. Fascinating!

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Olmer,
It is a crazy ass film, I wish it was easier to see...

cinebeats said...

This sounds wonderful! HE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE and THE DIRTY DOZEN are great films but I havne't seen this and I love Kim Novak.

And when will get BOOM get a DVD release? I'm dying to see that film! I've seen just about every other Losey picture except BOOM and I've wanted to see it for years.

Somebody PLEASE give us BOOM on DVD!!!!

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Kimberly,
I love "Boom" and it is so much better than some of the other Burton and Taylor films that are easy to find.
Definately give Lylah Claire a look if you can...Novak is great in it and so incredible lovely...