Saturday, May 01, 2010

Happy May Day

Good post over at the World Socialist Party of the United States website on the significance of May Day.

And it would be remiss of me if I didn't mention the May Day post over at the Socialism Or Your Money Back blog.

Now on a day like today, what radically minded film can I watch as part of 365Watch? Norma Rae, maybe? (No, too close to Soapdish.) Reds? (Yep, believe or not, I've never watched it in its entirety.) Children of the Revolution? Together? John Thaw in Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition? (I would if I could. The holy grail of lost films that one.) Modern Times? (Bugger Chaplin.)

I'm sure I'll find something appropriate . . . .

6 comments:

mikeovswinton said...

Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition? I think my copy on VHS is in my lock up. Filmed in London, mainly in a house at the bottom of Montague St, just near the British Musuem. I once lent it to a leading member of the SWP. He was decidedly NOT amused. John Thaw, and was it Joe Dean as the Liverpool contact? Cracking film - it was shown on BBC 2 very late at night in early 90s and I got it. The bit with the cattle prod is extremely funny in a rather weird sort of way. I can see why a devotee of Lenin might have quailed.

mikeovswinton said...

And Carl Davis is in it. But its the wrong one. Its the sort of classical composer and not the guy who produced Jacki Wilson in Chicago in the 60s for Brunswick and did the Chi-Lites on Dakar.

Darren said...

You have a copy? I'm so bastard jealous it is untrue. I've always wanted to see that film but I can't find it anywhere. I mention it to people and they're like, 'John Thaw as a revolutionary? Regan? Morse? Don't believe you.'

Of course he was married to the socialist feminist historian Sally Alexander, so that may have had something to do with his choice of acting gig in the late 60s.

Next you'll be telling me that you have a copy of The Revolutionary, starring Jon Voight.

I know of Carl Davis. Acclaimed classical composer who will always be best known as being that American bloke who's married to Jean Boht. (I think that's how you spell her name.)

mikeovswinton said...

Nope, not got the Revolutionary. But next time I'm at the lock up I'll do some searching. (I did say I THINK my copy is there. I don't think the Swuppie shredded it.) And then I'll let you know if I still have it. Sounds like this could be something for Ebay. Maybe that retirment cottage on the Cote D'Azur beckons after all....

Darren said...

eBay?

Nah, surely you mean a bit torrent site? Share the knowledge.

mikeovswinton said...

I don't actually understand what a "bit torrent site" is.
I note that you call Praise Marx... the Holy Grail of lost films. I once nearly broke THE Holy Grail (yes, the real one) in a temple built into a hill in North Italy. Its a long story and I thought that the item concerned was a rather long sort of test tube full of coloured water, but it does take all sorts.