Movie Diary 1/14/2009

secretsParis 36 (Christophe Barratier, 2008). From the guy who did Les Choristes. If that’s not enough information, the film’s about a music hall in Thirties Paris, shuttered but then re-opened by a spirited group of actors and crew — kind of like Hotel for Dogs but with French people.

Secrets of a Soul (G.W. Pabst, 1926). Unusual, not to say daffy, drama attempting to bring psychoanalytic ideas to the movie screen. Not surprisingly, it’s the dream sequences that allow for the greatest visual extravagance. Werner Krauss plays the patient, a man who cannot touch a knife or give his wife a child.