Movie Diary 1/2/2012

Stage Fright (Alfred Hitchcock, 1950). A Hitchcock movie I like, though its reputation is low. The guy sure did a lot of experimenting for someone known as an exemplar of classical Hollywood filmmaking. Also, the actors are a really curious and effective group, a batch of second-tier types (notably excepting Marlene Dietrich) milling around a strange story and doing good work.

Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton, 1932). Stunningly mounted depravity on Dr. Moreau’s island, with Charles Laughton as the wild card and an oddly affecting, if brief, performance by Lugosi. The movie truly gets under your flesh, and its brevity is all in its favor.

Tomboy (Céline Sciamma, 2011). French coming-of-age with some gender confusion, a few nice moments, maybe too many rounded edges. (full review 1/6)

At What a Feeling!, our 2012 postings of 1980s movies commence with a review of David Mamet’s House of Games.

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