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  • King of the Lumberjacks

    King of the Lumberjacks

    ★★★

    A remake of Tiger Shark (1932) although different screen writers and allegedly based on different stories. I miss Zita Johann but still prefer this version because Edward G. Robinson's hammy over playing was too much for me. Stanley Fields sometimes veers in that direction but comes off much more credibly

  • The Passenger

    The Passenger

    ★★★★★

    The Passenger is dropping off Criterion at the end of the month so I keep rewatching it and it gets even better each time. Antonioni movies are always lovely and smooth to look at but this one also has something he sometimes misses a bit, persistent narrative flow, well balanced

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  • Lady in the Lake

    Lady in the Lake

    ★★★★

    This has a nice Chandler plot and great Chandler dialogue. Add in the over-clever POV gimmick, with the resultant straight-in-the-camera over-acting, and you have loads of distinctive fun. Merry Christmas!

  • La Belle Noiseuse

    La Belle Noiseuse

    ★★★★★

    I don't know if great artists are single minded tyrants or if they work in this way but, guess or good case study or not, it's fascinating. It's also nice to see prime nude Beart and always elegant Birkin.