Movie Diary 11/8/2011

The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius, 2011). Cleverly, a movie that not only apes a silent-movie style, but also presents the sort of melodrama that might reasonably have been expected in a movie house in 1926. Outside his OSS 117 triumphs, Jean Dujardin has still got it. (full review 11/23)

Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock, 1944). I hadn’t seen this in many years, but it’s on the docket because of an upcoming talk about movies made with a narrow perspective. I still think it’s a really good picture, and the killing scene remains potent.

You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (George Marshall, 1939). W.C. Fields in the one with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Again, many years have passed since my last viewing of this, and relieved to see it holds up. Unlike many acts of yore, it is not difficult to understand the appeal of Bergen’s dummy.

At What a Feeling!, we touch down with The Brother from Another Planet, an early John Sayles outing.