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  • Eternal Love

    Eternal Love


    A compact silent treat, running at just over an hour, with John Barrymore overplaying but still managing to be moving and sympathetic, and two excellent performances by Camilla Horn and Mona Rico. The story is simple, yet the tangled emotions of love and lust run deep here, and scenes with clusters of gossipy neighbors and then mobs of angry villagers are chilling. (As an aside, I also just watched the last 45 minutes or so of the fantastic 2010 rerelease…

  • Image Makers: The Adventures of America’s Pioneer Cinematographers

    Image Makers: The Adventures of America’s Pioneer Cinematographers


    Fascinating (even though I wasn't crazy about the drawings).

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  • The Heiress

    The Heiress


    An acting tour de force on all fronts, but I think Ralph Richardson's performance stands out as one of the best I've seen. His character's dismay, revulsion, frustration, and crushing disappointment are tightly bound by his commitment to decorum and politeness, but flash out through his steely gaze anyway. Every sarcastic comment reveals a ferocious intelligence at work. He has created what he despises, and reaps the harvest. Is the end a triumph of sorts, or a terrible tragedy? The always superb William Wyler gives this his sure directorial hand, and the beautifully lit and composed layered camera shots are textbook perfect.

  • The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep


    Viewed many times, with great pleasure. This time, it was introduced on Turner Classic Movies by actor/director Edward Norton, clearly there to boost his new movie Motherless Brooklyn. (Side note: I read the novel and liked it, and I think Norton is an interesting actor, and so I am favorably predisposed to like his new movie even though it's gotten mixed reviews.) Anyway, Norton's introductory analysis was compelling. He believes that the whole point of The Big Sleep isn't the…