Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mission to Moscow with the Siren, Tonight at 7 pm at BAM

Be there!
Mission to Moscow
Part of BAMcinematek
Tue, Jan 12 at 7pm
BAM Rose Cinema, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn

Followed by panel discussion with film critics Lou Lumenick (New York Post), Farran Smith Nehme (The Self-Styled Siren), Glenn Kenny (Some Came Running), and author/film historian Ed Hulse.




There are some controversial subjects that are so explosive...that it doesn't pay for anyone to be a hero or a martyr. You're a dead pigeon either way. Unless, of course, you do it under orders from the President of the United States. Even then, you're just as dead.

--Jack Warner's fond reminiscences of Mission to Moscow

8 comments:

Karen said...

Have a great time, Siren--I'll be thinking of you!

Greg said...

If I had my own personal jet I'd fly up there to see it (but Vanwall still hasn't returned it).

I'll be there in spirit though. Break a leg!

Yojimboen said...

Chere Madame -

You're going out there a youngster...

Vanwall said...

Sorry Greg, flame-out at 20,000 ft, the veeblefetzer wouldn't kasprong with the potrzebie - no joy there, so I hadda punch out, free fall & pray. At about a mile up, your jet spiraled right underneath me, so I hopped back in and found a bobby pin Siren left there, and duck-taped that mammyjammer straight into the Moxie slot and damned if it lit right up like a patented match. Had just enough airspeed at war-power boost to do a wheels-up into the nearest cornfield, (plenty of Orville Redenbacher's finest there now), and the local Piper Cub mechanics have it in hand. They say a month or so and it'll be almost good as new - I emphasize the almost. Sorry about your Duesenberg, too, but that's a whole 'nuther yarn.

Good luck Siren!

Karen said...

Nu? So how did it go?

X. Trapnel said...

Still hiding from Francen/Vyshinsky's baleful stare under my desk (is that poor devil Bukharin?), but can keep it up no longer: YES, I CONSPIRED WITH THE CAPITALIST-TROTSKYISTS KOPALSKI, IRANOV, AND BULYANOV TO WRECK THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN; HELPED THE BOURGEOIS FASCIST VICTOR LASZLO EVADE OUR GERMAN COMRADES, AND PAID THE DOUBLE-AGENT GUN RUNNER RICHARD BLAINE WITH HARD CURRENCY MEANT FOR THE ZHIVAGO HYDROELECTRIC DAM! I DESERVE TO BE SHOT OR MADE TO WATCH IVAN THE TERRIBLE, PARTS 1 AND 2 IN 3D AND SMELL-O-VISION!

realblonde said...

Hello Siren,

Last night was fun... what a film; and what a discussion!

My question: particularly given the influence mentioned of the Roosevelt administration on the film's commissioning, why do you think FDR's face was never on screen? Was the director after a disembodied, 'voice of God' type effect, or did bad acting necessitate some heavy editing?

K.

X. Trapnel said...

FDR's face was not seen in Yankee Doodle Dandy either, also directed by Curtiz