Monday Movies: Posting from my Phone
This weekend we finished the last season of West Wing, perhaps betokening more movies in future weeks. This time, however, we watched onlySunset Boulevard, obviously a great movie and a reminder that filmmakers have been “going meta” since at least the invention of talkies. It’s amazing how many great movies are about movies, and how early in film’s history it had access to this concept of a glorious fallen empire (silent film) haunting the present. One thing I found interesting here was Norma’s hideously exaggerated expressions, as though she were a silent film character in real life — I wonder if there is always that kind of nihilism associated with silent film holdovers (like Harpo Marx).
In any case, I look forward to hearing further updates on bob mcmanus’s attempt to watch all of Ozu’s films, as well as other readers’ thoughts on their recent viewing.
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