Movie Diary 5/25/2009

Dodsworth (William Wyler, 1936). The Seattle International Film Festival last showed this one in 1983, the last time I saw it. 26 years is too long between viewings of this should-be classic, a thoughtful, even-handed study of middle-aged edginess.

The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008). An admirable journey into a dimly-recalled nightmare — a Hitchcock set-up directed by a distinctly 21st-century mind. (SIFF screenings 5/29, 5/30)

Trimpin: The Sound of Invention (Peter Esmonde, 2008). The kooky Seattle-based aural-visual artist is profiled, in a useful portrait of eccentricity. (SIFF screening 6/1)

Art & Copy (Doug Pray, 2008). Another crafty title for the hard-working documentarian, this time on what used to be called Madison Avenue — interesting for the uninitiated, although I would’ve liked more on the Sixties. (SIFF screenings 6/3, 6/5)

Modern Life (Raymond Depardon, 2008). A collection of French farmers, all being squeezed out of a livelihood, seen in sketches both plain and lyrical. Depardon’s Tenth District Court had a similar appreciation for faces and types. (SIFF screening 6/2)

Creature with the Atom Brain (Edward L. Cahn, 1955). Many creatures, actually.

Adoration (Atom Egoyan, 2008). Very tight little chamber piece for Egoyan, somehow a little like one of Woody Allen’s very very small interiors.