2017-08-05

sovay: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
I would like to be writing about movies, especially Frank Capra's Dirigible (1931), a pre-Code adventure yarn that now feels like science fiction even though it was only documenting the technology of its time, but I've had the same headache for three days in a row and the effect on my sleep has been about what you would expect, so the best I can do is collect things off the internet and remind myself that it was not nothing to get out of the house to run errands this afternoon (I got bagels out of it). Actual content will return when my head does.

1. Courtesy of [personal profile] handful_ofdust: 1940's noir Twin Peaks. I think most of this fancasting is terrific; the actors have been cleverly chosen for screen persona as well as visual resemblance that would be uncanny if Lynch and Frost hadn't been riffing consciously on the genre in the first place. I remain unconvinced by Lloyd Nolan as Albert Rosenfield, but I would probably have been unable to resist recasting Miguel Ferrer with his father.

2. Courtesy of [profile] strange_selkie: Do you remember, when. The title—Erinnerst Du Dich, als—belongs to a chapbook of poems and sketches given by Manfred Lewin to Gad Beck in 1941. They were eighteen and nineteen years old, Jewish, lovers, living with their families in Berlin. One of them survived the Holocaust and one of them didn't. I don't know why I didn't know about this book before. It has been entirely digitized by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum with photographs and supplementary material at the link above; it is worth reading.

3. I had no idea an Inuit version of John Ford's The Searchers (1956) even existed, but I am seriously thinking of trying to make it to the MFA on Sunday just to see what it's like: Searchers (2016), directed by Zacharias Kunuk and Natar Ungalaaq. Their previous collaboration Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001) remains one of my favorite epic films in any language, although it happens to have been the first in Inuktitut. That's on Saturday, if you're Boston-local and interested. I wish I had found out about this series sooner than ten minutes ago.

4. This poem seems relevant: Tsitsi Ella Jaji, "Document for U.S. Citizens Who Have Never Applied for a Visa and Have Had It Up to Here with Those Loud Aliens Who Go On and On about Some Letter."

5. I always wondered where the Harvard Film Archive got one of the slides it uses to remind its audience not to text or otherwise futz around with their cellphones during the movie. I finally recognized it the last time I was at the theater: it's a color photo of Michael Redgrave as Thomas Fowler in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's The Quiet American (1958). He's futzing around with a light meter instead, right before the bombs go off at the Place Garnier. Everything about that movie remains better than it deserved.

Place Garnier
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