Movie Diary 5/28/2013

The Fly (David Cronenberg, 1986). Remains an unusual, haunting, very odd picture. It works as a study of how people change in relationships, and how the outward skin we wear does not always correspond to the inside. A movie that appears to have been directed by a scientist.

Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation (Laura Archibald, 2012). Docu-strum through some of the folkies in the Village, early 60s. Reading Bob Dylan’s lovely Chronicles will furnish a more flavorful portrait, but this does its job. (full review 5/31)

Reap the Wild Wind (Cecil B. DeMille, 1942). It’s almost as though C.B. found a great backdrop for an adventure story (salvage boats in 1840s Caribbean) and resolved to people it with resolutely unlikable characters. A peculiar film, although the giant squid fueled some lurid childhood dreams for me.

Men Must Fight (Edgar Selwyn, 1933). An uncertain blend of pacifist sentiment and man’s warlike nature – with a futuristic bent, ‘cuz the thing is set in 1940. A second world war seemed like a cinch, even in ’33.

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  1. Reap the Wild Wind : Was this the first giant squid? It predates Beneath the 12-Mile Reef, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, and It Came from Beneath the Sea (OK, that one was an octopus) …

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