Diary 9/12/2013

Ip Man: The Final Fight (Herman Yau, 2013). This is only the fourth Ip Man movie I’ve seen in recent years, so I am hardly an expert. But it gets good presence from its leading man, the awesome Anthony Wong, and the melodrama is served up in thick slices. (full review 9/20)

Le joli mai (Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme, 1963). A month in Paris (May, 1962, immediately after a ceasefire in the ongoing Algerian conflict), cross-sectioned in an observant but hardly neutral way. Would the series of unguarded man-on-the-street interviews be possible today, when everybody’s camera-ready? It plays at the Northwest Film Forum for a week, and should be seen.

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