by Anthony King
Folks, I'll be honest with you: I recently started a new job (you may call me Lunch Lady Anthony now), and I have yet to figure out a new movie-watching and writing schedule. So, with any luck, we'll be back to our regularly scheduled Notes on Film next week. In the meantime, this marathon is something I've been thinking about for awhile. After all, it is the season of fairs, both county and state. A few weeks ago my family and I went to our local county fair as per annual tradition, and every year it's the same. Rickety rides operated by dirty, toothless men; the smell of fried food wafting through the air; the smell of livestock shit wafting through the air; the smells of fried food and shit in the air, mixing together, sending me to euphoria. I love fairs and carnivals, and I think it'd be a riot to sit through an all night marathon of movies based on and around such things.
7:00, Nightmare Alley | Edmund Goulding | 1947 | 111 min.
We kick things off with a classic noir that borders on the psychological horror side. Tyrone Power is Stanton Carlisle, a worker who travels with a carnival. He weasels his way into the gig of assisting Mademoiselle Zeena, a mentalist. His hunger for power doesn't stop there. Stanton becomes one of the hottest entertainment acts, working as a mentalist with his wife. The trick is that Stanton has stolen Zeena's secret to making the show work, and now she wants revenge. With co-stars Helen Walker, Coleen Gray, and Joan Blondell, Nightmare Alley is a fun way to ease us into this marathon.
9:05, Adventureland | Greg Mottola | 2009 | 107 min.
Midnight, Freaks | Tod Browning | 1932 | 66 min.
1:07, The Amusement Park | George A. Romero | 1975 | 54 min.
2:15, Berserk | Jim O'Connolly | 1967 | 96 min.Johnny Guitar ran a circus, and it'll be a nice little jolt to keep you going.
4:05, Carny | Robert Kaylor | 1980 | 107 min.
6:10, Big Top Pee-Wee | Randal Kleiser | 1988 | 86 min.
I agree that Tobe Hooper's The Funhouse is really the perfect ending to an all-nighter, but it's becoming cliché (however great the film is), and let's go out with a laugh. Thanks for coming to my all-nighter, and I hope you get to mingle with the carnies soon!