Movie Diary 7/7/2014

Half of a Yellow Sun (Biyi Bandele, 2013). Personal and political travails in Nigeria in the 1960s, leading to the disaster of the Biafran war. The film never quite escapes the sense of telescoping history, although the settings are evocative and Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose are formidable as sisters in the conflict – somewhat overshadowing Chiwetel Ejiofor, in fact. (full review 7/11)

Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1959). The Tennessee Williams play brought to life by the strange but fascinating trio of Elizabeth Taylor, Monty Clift, and Katharine Hepburn. Mankiewicz’s style remains calm even as the subject becomes increasingly baroque.

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