Movie Diary 8/13/2012

Boom (Joseph Losey, 1968) and Secret Ceremony (Joseph Losey, 1968). Watch these two arthouse exercises back-to-back and you will emerge enervated but quite cognizant of a certain mood and style in Euro-inflected movies of the time. (You will also have had your fill of Liz Taylor.) They’re interesting to think about, and sometimes interesting to watch, too. (For more, come by the Frye Art Museum on Sunday at 2 p.m., for a talk about Losey and Jules Dassin as blacklisted Yanks who went European.)

10:30 P.M. Summer (Jules Dassin, 1966). Really getting into the obscurities now. But this one is kind of intriguing, and better than its reputation (Losey was going to direct, until he and Dassin fell out).

At What a Feeling!, no such lofty aims intrude on a review of Damian Harris’s The Rachel Papers.

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