Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Mystery Movies: THE FACADE and ILLUSIONS



Since this is shaping up to be a Cinemation Industries/Jerry Gross week here at the Temple, I thought I'd send out the call for more information on this intriguing mid '70s double bill from the Gross man: THE FACADE, featuring Max Von Sydow "in his first motion picture since THE EXORCIST" (but surely something that was shot before it), and the equally obscure co-feature ILLUSIONS, co-starring James Coco and Marcel Marceau. Any ideas?

5 comments:

William said...

Can't tell if Von Sydow has a mustache in that poster or not. If he does, might it be CUORE DI CANE? He has a mustache in this pic:

http://www.terminalvideo.com/images/articles/lrg/24/img_278824_lrg.jpg

Temple of Schlock said...

William, it's possible but I doubt it. CUORE DI CANE seems to be a 1976 release in Europe, and Cinemation filed for bankruptcy in September of '75, with THE SHELTER OF YOUR ARMS (the R-rated cut of TURKISH DELIGHT) being their final release in January '76 according to Boxoffice. I could find no further titles on their release slate, and I know they sold off their assets sometime in '76.

Anonymous said...

Could these have been filmed versions of stage plays, by any chance? I know there was a brief vogue for them in the early 70s (as evidenced by things like the American Film Theatre series and the like), so it wouldn't be impossible for Cinemation to try and cash in on the "trend".

mikemacnaptown said...

For "Facade", could Trompe l'oeil be a possibility? IMDb says it was released in France in April of '75, so it might be too late to be an Exorcist cash-in (or a Cinemation release)- but both titles sound similar enough that they could sorta kinda fit the same movie, and if IMDb's cast list for Trompe l'oeil is complete, I could see why Max von Sydow's name would be the only one mentioned on a US poster.

Anonymous said...

Any ideas what ILLUSIONS could be? A quick IMDb search doesn't reveal anything that had both Marcel Marceau and James Coco. Any suggestions?