week in review – 05/21 – 05/27/12

Despite the fact it was the first week of summer vacation, other priorities didn’t allow much time for movie viewing.  All first viewings.

Theatrical Viewing

Harold and Maude (Ashby, USA, 1971) – Castro Theatre, 35mm

Brewster McCloud (Altman, USA, 1970) – Castro Theatre, 35mm

Upcoming Possibilities

Written on the Wind (Sirk, USA, 1956) and The Tarnished Angels (Sirk, USA, 1957) – Castro Theatre, 05/30

Keyhole (Maddin, Canada, 2012) – Roxie Theatre, through 05/31

Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaSFFS, through 05/31

La grande illusion (The Grand Illusion) (Renoir, France, 1937) – Castro Theatre, 06/01 – 03

The Color Wheel (Perry, USA, 2012) – Roxie Theater, 06/01 – 07

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5 thoughts on “week in review – 05/21 – 05/27/12

    1. I’ve been eagerly anticipating that double bill since it was announced about six weeks ago. Angels is my favorite Sirk–and still annoyingly difficult to see–but I’m also interested to see if I like WotW more this time around, especially since I’m now more attuned to the pleasures of overheated melodrama than I was the first time around! :)

      1. Overheated sez it ! The colors alone raise temperature. Pop art madness,
        before it arrived. Stack & Malone sizzle. I first saw it in Paris at a wee art house packed w youngish women…Hmm, what’s this crowd about, I pondered. Then, Malone “does her dance number” and the gals, who
        clearly awaited the scene, maybe had seen it over the years, were
        electrified. It added a dimension to the viewing. (The story is ‘suggested’
        x the Libby Holman – Smith Reynolds scandal ….he was dead 6 mos after
        their marriage; po Libby was accused of murder. Jon Bradshaw wraps it
        up in his bio, “Dreams that Money Can Buy,” 1985. Libby’s bestie pals were
        the likes of Tallu, Louisa Carpenter, Jane & Paul Bowles, Alec Wilder, Mont Clift…et comme ca. A houseguest at time of Smith’s death was the grande
        dame actress Blanche Yurka. Tallu wisecracked: “Of course Libby did it.
        It was the only way to get Blanche Yurka out of the house.” The book is a camp hoot. Sirk tries to play it all very straight, so to speak).

  1. Saw it last night, and really loved it this time around. My screening, at the Castro, had an inevitably knowing audience, and so lots of quips (“look into the closet,” Stack implores Bacall early on) and Malone’s fondling of the oil derrick at the end of the film got a big, loving laugh. Malone also got (the sole) round of applause when her credit flashed on screen at the beginning of the film, and her infamous dance remains an example of electrifying filmmaking.

    Had never heard the Holman story, and leave it for Tallulah to get a good line out of the situation! :D

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