Quote of the Week

You remember Timothy Carey, don’t you? Didn’t you see The Wild One? He’s the crazy guy who shook up the beer and squirted it in Marlon Brando‘s face. Did you see East of Eden? He was the surly bouncer at the brothel where James Dean‘s mother worked. Poor Tim mumbled his lines so badly that Elia Kazan had to have Albert Dekker re-dub all his dialogue. Tim thought Kazan missed the whole point. “That’s the way pimps talk,” he explained. How about The Killing, by Stanley Kubrick? He was the racist rifleman who shoots the horse at the racetrack to create a diversion for the heist. You must have seen Paths of Glory, another great Kubrick film – Carey is one of the three court-martialed soldiers sentenced to execution.

All his characterizations seem to inspire a common reaction: “What the hell’s the matter with this guy?” Tim Carey had a uniquely twisted screen presence that many great directors tried, and often failed, to harness. He was the only man that Kazan ever physically attacked on the set. Brando cast him in One-Eyed Jacks, and ended up stabbing him with a pen in exasperation. Carey didn’t seem to care; he went on being Tim Carey. When new friends, like the maverick actor/director John Cassavetes, came to Carey’s house for the first time, he made them wear a bulky, padded suit. He then turned his attack dog loose on them. “It’s not you,” Carey would howl. “He just hates that suit.”

Eddie Muller and Daniel Faris, Grindhouse: The Forbidden World of “Adults Only” Cinema (St. Martin’s Griffin, New York, 1996)

Eddie Muller and Marisa at Noir City Portland, 2014

Meeting Eddie Muller, “the Czar of Noir,” at Noir City Portland at the Hollywood Theatre, 09/19/2014

Video of the Week: “Making Sinner” screening in Portland!

We are only three days away from the epic screening of The World’s Greatest Sinner at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon! Also appearing on the bill will be Cinema Justice, the legendary 7-minute outtake from Steve De Jarnatt‘s unreleased short Tarzana (1978), and Romeo Carey‘s work-in-progress documentary, Making Sinner. Here’s a promotional video for Making Sinner that Romeo put together. It features excerpts from a wonderful interview with the late great Ray Dennis Steckler, who shot a great deal of the film (not quite as much as he seems to remember he did, though!).

Romeo and I will both be appearing at the screening, and you don’t want to miss that! I can’t wait to see you there!

God Hilliard comes to Portland!

UPDATE #2 10/14/12:  I just got off the phone with Romeo Carey – he will indeed be there!

UPDATE 10/14/12: GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!!!

I’m very pleased to announce the first Portland, Oregon screening of The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962)! It’s coming to the historic Hollywood Theatre on Saturday, November 10, at 9:00 pm. Tickets are $10. I don’t think it’s been officially added to the theatre’s website yet, so stay tuned. I will be there, of course, and there’s a very good chance the Son of God himself – Romeo Carey – will also be in attendance! If you can’t make it, tell your friends, won’t you? Thanks so much!

And once again, here’s the Projection Booth podcast episode featuring me blathering on about the film and Tim.