How is Minnelli this good?
Rivette is unique among filmmakers in that, instead of assuming the existence of the elemental pleasures of cinema (slapstick, mystery, coincidence, magic; genre and fiction more generally) he finds their ingredients and our impulses towards them in the mess of everyday life, rebuilding them from scratch. When his films synthesize, they reach heights of childlike magic and ecstasy (his love of Lewis Carroll), but they only get there through complex, frustrating, and unpredictable experimentation, revealing how many lies other filmmakers…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"There's a man following you."
"No, uh...it's not me."
It's been said the cruelest sleight-of-hand Hitchcock ever pulled on the American public was turning a beloved movie star like Jimmy Stewart into a damaged, domineering wretch like Scottie Ferguson. The cruelest and funniest prank De Palma ever pulled was recasting the role of Scottie Ferguson with Craig Wasson. Wasson is to Stewart what Body Double is to Vertigo, and what De Palma's L.A. is to Hitchcock's San Francisco;…
Not a dream, like the rest of Lynch's work, but an alternate reality.
Its dream logic is continually put at odds with explanation, with high-def digital photography, with slow, deliberate rhythms; documentary always seeping through (Frost vs. Lynch?). As Miriam Bale says, it's Kansas and Oz at the same time. And the series is also an alternate reality in the sense of the complete, obsessive immersion it asks of the viewer. The only non-Lynch predecessors that come to mind are…