Wednesday, October 7, 2009

CHARLES BRONSON ~ ST. IVES FEATURETTE!

CHARLES BRONSON ~ ST. IVES FEATURETTE!

CINEMA RETRO TIPS US TO THIS COOL PIECE ON CHARLES BRONSON ~ THE ULTIMATE TOUGH GUY . . .


Charles Bronson disdained being interviewed and said less offscreen than Buster Keaton said onscreen. Nevertheless, occasionally a publicist could induce him to sit for a few comments in conjunction with publicizing a new film. Here's a rare Warner Bros. production featurette for his action flick St. Ives. It shows Bronson performing his own stunts and even gets him to mutter a few sentences about his approach to acting. The film was not a commerical success in the 1970s, but it looks damned good.


2 comments:

Christopher Mills said...

That's Jeff Goldblum he's beating the crap out of in the beginning of the clip, which is plenty reason right there to see ST. IVES.

Actually, I have the movie on DVD. It's fairly low-key and "upscale" for Bronson, almost in the Hammett/Chandler mold. Not his best movie, but he's very good in it.

Brian Sheridan said...

How crazy! I just read about the St. Ives book series by Ross Thomas (writing as Oliver Bleeck). You can find out more here: http://mysteryfile.com/blog/?p=1516

The series sounds like it has very little to do with a Bronson movie. I just can't see him as a suave, globe trotting trouble-shooter.