Movie Diary 9/7/2009

The Beaches of Agnes (Agnes Varda, 2008). The director looks back at her life, in a quirky and frequently charming way. Along with memories of her husband Jacques Demy, there are stories behind some of the odder entries in her filmography, including the Woodstocky Lion’s Love. (full review 9/11)

Zoo in Budapest (Rowland V. Lee, 1933). True strangeness, with a Midsummer Night’s Dream sort of feel, about a pixillated zookeeper (Gene Raymond) who gets an orphan (Loretta Young) to break free of her strict minders. The animals’ riot came back as a childhood memory long forgotten; I wonder if I really had seen this before.

The Last Temptation of Christ (Martin Scorsese, 1988). Hadn’t actually watched this since it came out, and will refer to it at the upcoming lecture on martyrs in film. It’s better and clearer than I remembered, with many stirring exchanges (the one between Jesus and Paul especially good).