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sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote2017-09-01 05:28 pm

I turned in all directions, but my compass wouldn't spin

It is a quiet, sunny September afternoon and all of a sudden it feels like fall. Last night it was cold enough for an electric blanket and as of today I have transferred my keys into the pockets of my corduroy coat; the color of the light and the clarity of the sky are stone-washed, paling, remote. The leaves are not yet turning that I can see, but I just realized that the tree directly across from my office window may have died. Its branches are split and grey with lichen, its twigs leafless. I wonder if the ash borer got it. It had better not be an omen. Autolycus crouched next to my computer with the afternoon in his green eyes suggests that I should not take it as such.

Tomorrow I plan to meet [personal profile] rushthatspeaks for the HFA's all-night vampire marathon. For most of next week [personal profile] spatch and I will be out of town and traveling because of family business on his side. When we get back, the Brattle will be running a celebration of Tilda Swinton and I will get to see more Derek Jarman on the big screen, including The Last of England (1987), which I have only read about. The HFA is not running a full Wellman retrospective, but selected works with emphasis on his pre-Code and social message pictures. I am glad that someone other than me considers Heroes for Sale (1933) and Wild Boys of the Road (1933) "neglected classics," because they are. Any summary that leaves Dorothy Coonan out of the latter, however, is out of focus.

I keep thinking about Dunkirk (2017). I went to see it again last weekend because I wanted to observe the structure now that I knew how it worked; what I feel I mostly ended up observing was the emotion. It's really not a cold movie. Some characters' arcs leapt out at me this time around, one numinous moment in particular which I may describe if I can recompile my brain. The cinematography still sticks for me. There are moments of great visual beauty, disorientation, immersion, but not everything needs to be quick-cut, adrenaline-flash. You can create astonishing claustrophobia and chaos holding the camera crisp and steady—Sidney Lumet and Oswald Morris did it with The Hill (1965), yet another film I saw this summer and failed to write about. I know Christopher Nolan thought the alternative would be more intuitive. I don't know that he was right.

I wish I were not so tired. I remember being able to think. I liked it.
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[personal profile] rachelmanija 2017-09-01 09:38 pm (UTC)(link)
I agree, I wish quick cut/shakycam would go the way of black-and-white.

The numinous moment for me was the plane gliding without fuel over the empty beach. And to a lesser extent, the propaganda fliers fluttering down from the sky.
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[personal profile] gwynnega 2017-09-01 10:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Enjoy the early fall weather and the all-night vampires!
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[personal profile] choco_frosh 2017-09-02 01:35 am (UTC)(link)
> I wish I were not so tired. I remember being able to think. I liked it.

< hugs > Hopefully Fall will help?
Edited 2017-09-02 01:36 (UTC)
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[personal profile] nineweaving 2017-09-02 01:50 am (UTC)(link)
Oooh! Orlando/Caravaggio evening? Dinner?

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[personal profile] julian 2017-09-02 02:04 am (UTC)(link)
Grodmammit, Orlando's one of my school nights. Buuut I *totally* want to see Only Lovers Left Alive, yes indeed.
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[personal profile] lost_spook 2017-09-02 08:55 am (UTC)(link)
Aw, enjoy the vampire all-nighter! And I hope you get some sleep soon (although presumably preferably not at the vampire all-nighter. Unless one of the films is duff...)

(I'm currently watching the BBC's 1977 Count Dracula, but not overnight. My brain doesn't work properly even when I do sleep...)

And re. Dunkirk is good to have fictional things that keep coming back to you in that way.
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[personal profile] umadoshi 2017-09-02 02:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Safe travels next week!

And before that, I hope the vampire marathon is enjoyable. ^_^

The air is full of autumn here too. I always try to tell myself it's not really fall until equinox, in the name of clinging to summer, but I think it's undeniable this year.