Catching up with another unwatched disc in my collection.
Wow. What a beautiful and gutting short film (short = about an hour). Diop, as Diouanna the title character, does so much with barely any dialog.
I remember watching this in HS (early 90s, VHS rental) and wondering why everyone kept saying it was a teen comedy. It didn't strike me as particularly funny.
Now that I'm rewatching in my 40s, I get the nostalgia factor Linklater was going for here. I definitely didn't pick that up when I was a kid.
(Thank god "initiation" rituals like that have gone by the wayside - or should have - because YIKES)
Also, I love how the parental…
My parents taped this off cable when I was a child and we watched it over and over simply to hear Danny Kaye completely talk himself into then out of the correct rhyme to remember the right cup to drink (They broke the flagon with the dragon!). And there was singing and dancing. And I'm pretty sure my brothers had the hots for Angela Lansbury and Glynnis Johns (who were probably around 19 or 20 when the movie was shot).
And Basil Rathbone skulks about.
Now that I'm a grownup I have it on DVD and can watch as much as I like!
Although watching historical footage of Nazis stomping their way across Europe isn't quite my cup of tea during this election season, the escape plot for Night Train to Munich is superb. The best spy thrillers are needlessly complicated and the escape-by-gondola is worthy of the Bond franchise (though with far fewer bodies and revolvers that inexplicably fire far more than six bullets).
I was absolutely tickled to see Charters and Caldicott from The Lady Vanishes pop up on the train…