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Kate's Desert Island films
by John Kercher
March 1983

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Date: Mon, 19 Feb 90 02:25:27 EST
From: katefans@world.std.com (Chris'n'Vickie of Kansas City)
Subject: Popular Video by John Kercher March 1983

Kate's Desert Island Videos

Vickie here, I was digging around in our "Dresser Full'o'Kate" trying to find things obsure enough to have not been posted before and I came across this gem.

This is from the March 1983 issue of Popular Video (a UK magazine):

This month's castaway:


Interview: John Kercher

There can't be many men who would turn down the opportunity of rescuing Kate Bush from a desert island. however, Kate might just be a little reluctant to get back to civilisation.

"Being stuck there could be an idyllic time," she says. "I've always enjoyed working alone, even as a kid, and I can collect all my thoughts together then. But the prospect of being there with my favorite films is exciting, because I love the cinema and rarely get the chance to visit it because of my work. So I'd go to town on my selection."


"Not a lot of people have heard of this one, but it's by the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. I just happen to think that this is one of his best. It was a toss up between this and his Seven Samurai, which is a tremendously atmospheric picture. However, I think this one wins the day."


"As there wouldn't be a shower within thousands of miles...or a motel...I'd feel quite safe having this along with me. Of course it scares me silly, and the fact that it's in black and white only adds to the terror, but Anthony Perkins is so marvellous in it. It's one of those films I can watch lots of times, even though I know the ending."


"This is the kind of film that'll be around for years-like the Disney ones. When Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin of the Monty Python team got together on this they must have been inspired, because it appeals to kids and adults alike. The story is so original and seems to incorporate just about everything from pantomime, fairy tales, drama...the whole show."


"Donald Sutherland I can always watch - he's got such a wry sense of humour. Ever since I saw him in M*A*S*H I became a fan. And yet in this film there's no humour at all. It's a real creepy and has a terrifying climax. But there's such a lot to be observed in the relationship between Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie that you don't get tired of it."


"This is an oldie, if the fifties can be described as old. The Night of the Demon is one of the better horror films from that period, which really keeps you on the edge of your seat without frightening you out of it. It's about a secret ancient inscription of the rune symbols at Stonehenge. Whoever hold a certain peice of paper with them written on incites the wrath of the demons. Very exciting."


"Not too much to say about this film, except that I love the story and the whole atmosphere of the film. It's just a picture that moves me emotionally."


"Marvellous Hitchcock stuff. Really vintage and one of the classics with Ingred Bergman and Cary Grant. It's that build up of mystery that fascinates me."


"This film just goes on forever; it's timeless. I saw it when I was a kid and I go to see it whenever it comes on the circuit. Magical! I love fairy stories anyway."


"I read the book, then saw the film, and I wasn't disappointed. It's the story that appeals most here. Just a marvellous film."


"Working this lot out, I've realized what contrasting tastes I've got in films. But here, I think that the sequel to Star Wars is better than its predecessor. There was always the risk that it would be some kind of anti-climax, but it goes beyond expectations."

That's it! If Kate were doing a list like this today it's certain she would include Brazil. Her selections are interesting, aren't they? Also, I love some of the phrases she uses, particularly "...go to town on my selection" and "It's a real creepy...". And let us not forget "...scares me silly..."! Her grammar is wretched but cute.

I've seen every film on her list except Kagemusha. I haven't been able to find that one on video. I've been able to find quite a few others and they are excellent. (Has anyone else seen Dersu Uzala? One of my all-time favorite films.)


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