Movie Diary 2/11/2013

Storm Over Asia (V.I. Pudovkin, 1928). Pudovkin greatly admired D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance. Yup, that sounds right, gloriously so.

The Girl with the Hatbox (Boris Barnet, 1927). An amusing Soviet comedy with Anna Sten, future Hollywood flop (but quite appealing here). The film’s Russian-made mood soundtrack (appended in the 1970s, it seems) includes such oddities as an orchestral arrangement of Arthur Lyman’s “Taboo.”

I Married a Monster from Outer Space (Gene Fowler, Jr.). How to account for how good this movie is? (Production designers Henry Bumstead and Hal Pereira worked on this film the same year they did Vertigo – that’s all I’ve got.) But it holds up really well.

Safe Haven (Lasse Hallstrom, 2013), and Bless Me, Ultima (Carl Franklin, 2013). They happened to screen back-to-back recently, and have nothing in common beyond a certain professional sensitivity and decent sense of place, but that’s something. (full reviews 2/14 and 2/22, respectively)

At What a Feeling!, let’s roll out more Eighties reviews, with a vintage take on Curtis Hanson’s The Bedroom Window.

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