Electrifying noir actor Richard Widmark, seen above in Samuel Fuller’s classic Pickup on South Street, passed away this week. Kim Morgan has an appreciation at Sunset Gun. (Screen shot from The Art of Memory.)
Woefully underrepresented in the domestic DVD market, Alberto Lattuada is probably best known in the US for his delightful low rent show biz farce Variety Lights, an early collaboration with Federico Fellini. 1962’s Mafioso stars the priceless Alberto Sordi (The White Shiek) as a Sicilian who has become a successful business and family man in Milan. A trip back to the ancestral home in Sicily makes clear that his family ties can’t be easily walked away from. Mafioso is for the most part a frothy light comedy but by the end reveals its dark undercurrents. Bravo to Criterion for this essential release.
Just over the transom in a well-packed Ernie B’s carton are two releases from heroic label Inna De Yard by two of the all time great Jamaican harmony trios: The Mighty Diamonds and The Viceroys. These are all-new recordings by some of Jamaica’s foundation roots artists, done in an incredible, stripped-down style.
The Mighty Diamonds in the studio. Not sure what the documentary footage is tacked on at the end (Haile Selassie in procession?) (editor’s note: yes), but it shouldn’t impede your enjoyment of this classic Jamaican harmony trio.
For fans of reggae soul, here’s a bit of rough cinema verité with the great Delroy Wilson recording In A Dancing Mood with footage of Prince Jammy and Bunny Lee running the production.
From the obsessive collector’s website Gokudo come these lovely images of jazz LPs and 10″ records from the 50’s and 60’s. (Related posts: More Vintage Jazz Record Covers, LP Cover Bonanza, Brazilian LP Covers, More Brazilian LP Covers, Reggae 45s, Reggae 45s Part 2, Jazz Covers by Taschen, Record Covers: Global Tour)