Monthly Archives: June 2020

Notes on “The Story of Adele H.”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Victor Hugo’s daughter sails to Nova Scotia to stalk a man who doesn’t love her. When her marriage schemes fail, and she becomes desperate, she disconnects from external reality. Eventually she follows him to Barbados, where … Continue reading

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Notes on “Secret Friends”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: A middle-aged man has a breakdown while riding on a train, and his memories, fantasies, and perceptions blur, like the scenery glimpsed through the train’s windows. The late Dennis Potter had a gift for making movies … Continue reading

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Notes on “Umberto D.”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: It’s interesting to compare Vittorio De Sica’s 1952 “Umberto D.” with his earlier “The Bicycle Thief.” The latter is very materialistic in outlook and simplified in message, like a propaganda film. Though there’s plenty of “humanity” … Continue reading

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Notes on Girl on a Motorcycle

Fenster writes: Girl on a Motorcycle, a starring vehicle for chanteuse and Mick Jagger girlfriend Marianne Faithfull, is vintage 1968. I can’t recommend the film that highly as cinema. Not a lot happens as the main character zips across the French border … Continue reading

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Are We All Fascists Now?

Milton Friedman or Richard Nixon wrote: We are all Keynsians now. Fenster writes: Are we all fascists now? No, I don’t mean Nazi. Just garden variety fascist, you know, like China. We beat communism fair and square as it was … Continue reading

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