Sound spaces for silent desires.
Blonde who can't help it
Reduces a professor to poultry.
One of four Von Sternberg/Dietrich films discussed ever too briefly on this week's podcast. Seen in the rarer English version (does language play an issue into the German version in the difference between High German and Low German?). Seems like the obvious starting point for the collaboration where the Dietrich character is probably given the least complexity as much as the folly for…
A tale of phonies
Made by phonies
In second hand clothing
Who enjoy playing as phonies.
Flowers and garbage.
"Russell's most exciting moments are three-layered: a familiar narrative or comic convention is exaggerated into a transgressive act, then grounded with a flurry of humanizing psychological detail."
-Dan Sallitt, 2002.
American Hustle would easily fit into the same realm as Pain & Gain, The Bling Ring, and Spring Breakers in the excess/over-belief in the American Dream run of films that amounted to…
Not charted on maps
But preserved in paintings.
"Car le temps de l'amour
Ça dure tojours."
I could talk about how this film's structure finally achieves the blissful melancholy that has been at the heart of all of Wes Anderson's films. I could talk about the precision of his framing and tracking shots, and how often he finds visual comedy through a perfect edit, or the slight entrance of new material into the frame. I could talk about…