If you aren’t a reader of CinemaRetro magazine than you are doing yourself a disservice. Lee Pfeifer and Dave Worrall, the guiding forces behind the magazine, continually put together collections of great features and articles, meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated with numerous rare photographs and posters, on the films of the 1960s and `70s, two decades that are seemingly underserved by current film historians.
This issues centerpiece is the ten page cover story on Don Siegel’s Dirty Harry, the film that cemented Clint Eastwood’s stardom. The article covers the film’s early development – Can you believe that at one time it was going to be a starring vehicle for Frank Sinatra, who would be hunting a killer played by some little known actor by the name of James Caan? – through to the controversy and criticism levelled at the film after its release.
Other articles in this issue include-
- The first in a series of articles looking at how episodes of the popular Man From UNCLE television series were adapted for theatrical release in Europe.
- The second part of an interview with Italian actress Luciana Paluzzi, with this installment focusing on her work in the James Bond film Thunderball.
- An interview with stop-motion genius Ray Harryhausen.
- Their on-going “Pinewood Past” articles takes a look at what life was like at the famous British studio in 1956 when Marilyn Monroe came to make The Prince And The Showgirls with Laurence Olivier.
- The third installment of editor Pfeiffer’s career comprehensive interview with David McCallum, focusing on the production of director George Stevens’ The Greatest Story Ever Told.
- A plethora of news, Book, DVD and soundtrack reviews, columns from novelist Raymond Benson and actor Joe Sirola and shorter articles that cover everything from an interview with spy satire In Like Flynn‘s femme fatale Jean Hale to an appreciation of Carry On Emmanuelle.
CinemaRetro # 9 is currently on news stands or can be ordered through the magazine’s website.