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Notes on “Let’s Go Native”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Like many early talkies, the 1930 “Let’s Go Native” is so effortlessly weird it serves as proof an innate American tendency toward surrealism. Jeanette MacDonald — still in her lingerie-naughty, pre-MGM phase — plays a Broadway … Continue reading

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“The Fisher King”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: There’s a lot going on in “The Fisher King.” Perhaps too much. The mythic elements in Richard LaGravenese’s screenplay threaten to tip the movie out of balance, to spoil subtext by shoving it in your face. … Continue reading

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Like a Holy Candle

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: There are four sorts of scenes alternated: (1) the particular history of Judith; (2) the gentle courtship of Nathan and Naomi, types of the inhabitants of Bethulia; (3) pictures of the streets, with the population flowing … Continue reading

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“The Black Swan”

Paleo Retiree writes: I was amazed how uninspiring I found this 2010 ballet-world-set psychological horror film. Natalie Portman plays a super-perfectionist, frigid (but yearning for release) ballerina who’s given the lead in a new version of “Swan Lake.” The movie … Continue reading

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Three of Us Watch “Pather Panchali” (1955)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Satyajit Ray is one of the great filmmakers of world cinema that I have somehow managed to avoid. Not intentionally, mind you, as copies of his movies haven’t been that accessible for the past few decades. My local … Continue reading

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Notes on “The Man from Laramie”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: As he does in all the Westerns he made with director Anthony Mann, James Stewart stalks through “The Man from Laramie” with wraith-like resoluteness. His Will Lockhart wears a brown, waist-length corduroy jacket, a battered hat, … Continue reading

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Bad Trips

Sax von Stroheim writes: I watched the 1970 Paul Newman movie WUSA the other day. It was directed by Stuart Rosenberg, who had previously worked with Newman on Cool Hand Luke, and written by Robert Stone, who was adapting his … Continue reading

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