Movie Diary 7/31/2014

Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater (Gabe Klinger, 2013). An appropriately non-forceful look at two filmmakers, evidently on the occasion of Benning’s return to Texas for a tribute. (We learn that Benning had been the first visiting director at the Austin Film Society, in the years before Linklater made Slacker.) In its own quiet way the documentary hints at some big questions about what movies are for and how people should make them. (full review 8/8)

The Barefoot Contessa (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1954). Also a movie that questions what movies are for, in its own manner. A strange, oddly suspended film in which the caustic showbiz satire of All About Eve (transferred here to the movie business) gets warped by the dreamy European locations and the fairy-tale allusions.

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