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"The Machine Stops" appeared on a BFI DVD release featuring all extant episodes of "Out of the Unknown."

This was reviewed by Gary Couzens on "The Digital Fix."

"The season began with what is possibly the most celebrated of all Out of the Unknown episodes, and the one from the most prestigious – and oldest - source. Uniquely (among the surviving episodes at least) its lead actor, Yvonne Mitchell, gets a "starring" credit at the start. Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970) was a distinguished writer of the first quarter of the twentieth century … best known as a novelist … However, he also wrote short fiction, some of them verging on fantasy, and the novella "The Machine Stops" (first published in 1909) being definitely science fiction. It was written as a reaction to what Forster saw as H.G. Wells's undue optimism about technological progress. We're in a world where humanity lives underground, the Earth's surface being apparently no longer habitable. The Machine, what would now be called a supercomputer, rules everyone's lives. However, rebellion is afoot … Forster thought the production "magnificent" and wrote to the writers to tell them so. Philip Saville's direction and Norman James's design are also excellent."

Full review

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Massacre Play is a drama, filmed in Italy, and directed by Damiano Damiani.

The exact release dates are unknown.

The film examines the relationship between successful film director Theo Steiner, and his boyhood friend Clem Da Silva. Clem feels that Theo’s success has come at the price of his own; that Theo has stolen some of his ideas.

Michael Gothard plays actor Michael Zabo, one of the pawns in the game being played out between these two giants of the cinema. He is one of many guests at Theo’s villa, and Theo uses him to play the role of Clem in a couple of scenes he sets up, in pursuit of his aim to make a film about his old friend, and to find out how Clem feels about his impending death.

Zabo is one of very few of Theo’s guests who is prepared to say what he really thinks of Theo’s ideas; perhaps that is why Theo chose him to play Clem.

Very little seems to have been written about this thought-provoking drama. Please leave links or references in comments.

Publicity still

Massacre Play publicity still

Michael’s character, Zabo, is wearing sunglasses in this publicity still, but in the film, he is not wearing them when he arrives at the villa - see screencap below.

Zabo arrives (18)

Review by Cranston Mcmillan.

“Damiano Damiani remains one of the most difficult Italian directors to categorise. He is comfortable at the helm of commercial exploitation such as Amityville 2, but would be better remembered as the key political movie-maker of his generation, with a string of socially aware dramas that puts the better known cinema of Rosi and Gavras to shame.

Massacre Play (The Killing Game) is a rather unknown entry in the Damiani canon, but is well worth the investment of a couple of hours purely for the amazing performances of the two leads. Milian is quite magnificent and Elliott Gould shows just how good an actor he is: they play two friends, both film directors who have taken very different paths. Wordy, intelligent but never boring and with a few little surprises along the way …

Not in Damiani's top league but all in all, very worthwhile.”

Watch Massacre Play on Youtube.

IMDB entry
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Sweet Scent of Death

Michael Gothard as Terry Marvin, bottom right. Terry is described as "an intruder", but he is not the one endangering Ann Fairfax Denver's life.
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Emile Leopold Locque by Keith Hamshere, Getty Images.
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The last episode of "Arthur of the Britons" was first broadcast 28 November 1973.

Kai best regards

According to A.S., the daughter of one of Michael's close friends, Michael got to see most, if not all, of his fan mail, and answered it. He was lovely with fans, always giving autographs. He insisted that he only had work because of the people who wanted to see him. She remembers helping by writing out the envelopes in which he would send his replies, and signed photos.

Former girlfriend N.B. said, 'I remember that he talked about the fans he used to have after the TV series of "Arthur of the Britons" and that his picture was very sought after for a certain period of time.'
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Michael Gothard as Kai, wielding his distinctive axe.

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Photos by ITV/Rex Features
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Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? Michael Gothard, Mark Lester and Chloe Franks

Butler Albie (Michael Gothard) with the young gate-crashers, Christopher (Mark Lester) and Katy (Chloe Franks).

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? Michael Gothard and Judy Cornwell

Albie with housemaid Clarine (Judy Cornwell), his girlfriend.
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The July 1971 issue of "Films and Filming" included a four-page picture review of "The Devils."

Here are the two pictures which featured Michael Gothard as Father Barré.
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The Devils publicity photo

In this publicity shot, Michael is wearing different glasses to those he wore in the film.

Devils 2
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The Last Valley: French film trade card: no.2 in the 'Les Fiches de Monsieur Cinema' Card set.

Cinema card 1

Cinema card
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Hansen and Inge small

Hansen (Michael Gothard) with Inge (Madeleine Hinde). They also appeared together in the "Arthur of the Britons" episode, "Daughter of the King."


Hansen has a difference of opinion, and settles it in the usual way.

Last Valley lobby card French

Hansen leads a group of Catholic mercenaries and villagers, to protest about a shrine being moved.

the last valley

This still shows the moment when Hansen realises that his supporters have deserted him, and that he is trapped.

The Last Valley bridge still

The writing on the back of this still indicates that the film was shown at a Gaumont Cinema, in a Spanish-speaking country, where the film was titled "The Sword and the Rose." The still was acquired from someone living in Buenos Aires, so it seems likely that it was used to advertise the film when it was shown in Argentina.
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Scream and Scream Again 1

Keith (Michael Gothard) with his second victim, Sylvia (Judy Huxtable.)
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