This is a movie about the Black Death, directed by Jacques Demy, and starring Donovan. If ever there was a movie with "KATE" written all over it, this was it. I wrote a review that's probably way too long for letterboxd, complete with rat gifs and everything: Full review on my blog.
The only copy I could find didn't have subtitles, but it was a simple enough plot that it was easy to follow most of the movie without them, just catching some familiar French words here and there.
It was not a great movie (I didn't need dialogue to understand that much) but it did give me Alain Delon as a priest, riding a motorbike, wearing a beret and sunglasses, smoking a cigarette. And for that image alone I'm glad I watched it.
In February I sent an autograph request to Alain Delon. The forum messages on the fan site where I got the address said that he typically replied within 4 months, so after June and July were long gone I had pretty much given up hope.
But today when I woke up there was a soggy photo mailer sitting on my doorstep in the rain, with French stamps and a Paris postmark.
"It can't be."
Okay, I watched this for the first time last year and I had rated it 4/5. It went in my 2015 Favorites list, just not at the top. I loved it, but I wasn't in love with it.
Sometimes you revisit a movie and all of a sudden there's this urgency to watching it, like your heart is racing faster and your eyes are so glued to the screen that it becomes physically impossible to look away. Actual heart palpitations.…