I'm still working on how I feel about the story (folks, don't cheat on your wife, just...don't) but I loved everything about the style. The bold and soft colors, the focus pulls, the roving camera, the quick edits. Everything I love about the New Wave plus Varda's extra sensitivity.
Douglas is great in this, all bright-eyed enthusiasm at the beginning, stumbling despair toward the end. Bacall is kind of his femme fatale, which I guess is not that odd for her when you think of it in those terms, but it's also kind of an inscrutable character and it's hard to really grasp their relationship. The music is great throughout, though perhaps a BIT too reliant on WIth a Song in My Heart in terms of vocals. Quite enjoyable, not sure how I missed this as a budding classic film fan obsessed with most of these actors.
I figured I'd go ahead and watch this before The Avengers comes out, since I had missed it in theatres the year it came out. "Missed" isn't the right word. I heard bad things about it and opted not to go. And yeah, this movie is pretty boring, especially for an action movie. There are only like two and a half actual action scenes in it.
The first hour or so I was kind of bored stiff - there were…
Week 2: 1930s Musicals
Challenge: Watch an unseen 1930s musical.
We're totally in my wheelhouse doing 1930s musicals, so much so that I had to go much more obscure than the Fred/Ginger and Busby Berkeley films many other Challengers are doing (though if you haven't seen those, that's absolutely the way to go). Instead I went for a Pre-Code Lubitsch/Chevalier musical…