Movie Diary 12/22/2008

smallbackroomThe Small Back Room (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1949). It is completely random that I have watched two bomb-defusing movies in a row; last night, Juggernaut, now this. The two films even share a similar bit of bomb-design trickery and Cyril Cusack in small roles. That said, this Powell-Pressburger gem (seen via Criterion’s recent DVD — not a great print, but good enough) is notable for its many carefully-layered behavioral moments and its paucity of actual plot.