knowing gleyzer was disappeared a few years after this was like watching him sign his own death warrant
An interview quote surfaced on twitter this morning* that Anderson intended Alma to be a specifically Jewish refugee, as hinted by the scene in which she reacts with disgust to one character profiting off of selling visas to Jews during wartime. It speaks to something I originally thought of as one the film's strengths, mainly that Anderson gave up his failed attempts at saying something big in TWWB or the Master and realized he's much better at floating signifiers an…
I guess i'm a bad leftist cinephile when, after two experimental attacks on fascism and materialism, the screwball comedy where someone earnestly uses the phrase "the good part of capitalism" was the one that spoke to me, but given that's for an enterprise that immediately falls apart, there's still an incisive critique in here somewhere.
Even though the bagginess of meyerowitz stories was ultimately fine and even useful thematically, the clockwork precision here for a galaxy brain running time of…