Nicky Smith

filmmaker / musician / writer

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  • Dry Summer

    Dry Summer


    class struggle + slapstick / screwball comedy. this movie is so hilarious and insane. main guy is homer simpson but meaner and with no heart. very much like a cartoon in its simplicity, composition, dialogue & sound effects, gags, pace, and pitch. the dresser gag is so great. you have to see it.

  • Footlight Parade

    Footlight Parade


    there's a really amazing sequence towards the end: dancers in formation first become the American Flag, then FDR, and then a bald eagle. The bald eagle pauses long enough to look peaceful, but after a few seconds, it starts shooting in all directions. every ideal of America and the contradictions and imperialism it rests on is illustrated there with so much grace and severity. it's an astonishing image.