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  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

    I'm pretty sure at some point a few decades back I saw this severely truncated film documentary version (narrated by Richard Basehart) of William Shirer's monumental 1600+ page book. The only reason I am making note of this right now is because I'm deep into reading Shirer's incredible tome of epic reportage and will be spending the next several weeks on it instead of watching any films. When and if I finish it will surpass War and Peace as the longest book I've ever read. So far it's pretty essential stuff. -K

  • The Inspector and the Night

    The Inspector and the Night

    ★★★½

    This is the first review of this film on Letterboxd.

    "If I wanted to simplify the investigation I could arrest you, OK?"

    "The thing is that people hide different fevers."

    In a room as quiet as a tomb, a grandfather clock seems to have stopped. It's the middle of the night, and a disheveled man still wearing his day clothes is lying down for a sleep that won't happen, and he knows it. He picks up a magazine, becomes bored…

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  • Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind

    ★★★★

    Until cinephile culture began to seep into the mainstream three decades ago this was pretty much considered the greatest movie ever made if you'd have asked any random person.

    Inarguably, I think, it's the most effective screen adaptation of middle-brow literature. Self-important, with mighty musical cues that don't let you forget it. An event movie, like The Birth of a Nation, and similarly still unapologetic about romanticizing the Confederacy. It's a lot of fun, and Vivien Leigh is titanic, no doubt, but there are at least two or three dozen other movies from the feted Hollywood year of 1939 that I would rather watch.

    (-K-)

  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    ★★★★★

    "Angel faces hell-bent for violence" sums this one up pretty well.

    Next, I'm going to re-watch L'Avventura now that I realize it's really about soda jerks hopped up on banana splits and Mary Jane ripping apart the asphalt in death-dealing hot-rod hellfire machines...

    (-K-)