Movie Diary 8/20/2009

joan2The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodore Dreyer, 1928). Prepping for this event. Along with all its other concerns, this is very much a movie about “being there,” in the frame, in a cell or a courtyard, occupying space – until there’s nothing but absence. The Criterion disc is very good, but this is a movie that (without for a moment ceasing to be a film classic) measurably becomes diminished when not projected onto a large screen.

Taking Woodstock (Ang Lee, 2009). Good movie idea, some unexpected people, and that well-articulated Ang Lee feeling of reserved personalities just waiting to bust. If only the last act maintained the level of the build-up. (full review 8/28)