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  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★★

    We’re gonna get a bunch of films about the existential anxiety of exile, huh? It’s okay with me if they stay this gorgeously mounted and emotionally rooted.

  • 3 Faces

    3 Faces

    ★★★

    Funnier than I'd anticipated.

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  • The Other Side of the Wind

    The Other Side of the Wind

    ★★★★★

    The way this descends into a dizzy sort of melancholy is thrilling. Even rewatching it is charged by the sense that it could go anywhere-- tonally, dramatically, stylistically-- at any any moment.

    Likewise there are at the very least about a dozen different interpretative avenues into and through the work. It has the cumulative feeling of a final work, even if FILMING OTHELLO comes later, like a matryoshka doll containing within it shadows of all his past work and recurring preoccupations, refracting endlessly.

    A major work of American filmmaking.

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★★★

    Just the greatest. I never seem to give it quite enough credit. Each revisit brings more resonant moments, more unforgettable images. This time the strange simplicity of it all--particularly its ideas on the precarious place of children and the other little things of the world-- was almost unspeakably moving. The throw away moment following the local hangman back into his home almost had me in tears.