Wednesday, 9 May 2012
It's not often that Bill Blunt lends his imprimatur to other projects - particularly when there is no money involved. However one such project has caught my eye, and I am pleased to promote it to my readers.
More years ago than I care to think, I saw my first Alfred Spatchcock film, and it made such an impression on me that I soon considered myself to be something of a fan of his. I'm not sure whether it was the sheer scale of his output - he is reckoned to have produced as many as 20,000 films from his tiny studio in Hollinwood, Oldham - or the fact that, like me, he is a northerner through and through.
Whatever the reason, there's no doubting that his was a rare talent. I will always remember the first time I saw Murder on the Transpennine Express (1974) - although the critics panned it, I could see it was a classic in the making.
Sadly, many of his films have disappeared, and now the hunt is on to try to relocate them. Can I ask that readers check their lofts and garages to see whether they might not have a missing reel or two?
Posted by Bill Blunt at 04:21