Movie Diary 5/5/2015

Far from the Madding Crowd (Thomas Vinterberg, 2015). It clocks in at just under two hours – this is an important point, if you think a movie or a Thomas Hardy novel might possibly need room to breathe. Carey Mulligan is a valiant soul for taking this one on. (full review 5/8)

Iris (Albert Maysles, 2014). The penultimate film by the late documentary director, a lightweight look at Iris Apfel, well-liked nonagenarian fashion icon. She’s a doll, and the movie is also about personality and authenticity – and thus is a corrective lens to the loonies of Maysles’ Grey Gardens. (full review 5/8)

On Wednesday May 6 I’ll be at the Architectural Association in London, giving a public lecture titled “What Time Is It There? Time as a Character in Contemporary Films.” The talk looks at how recent filmmakers – from Bela Tarr to Christopher Nolan, with a detour for Richard Linklater – have used Time as subject and method. The talk is at 6 p.m. at the Lecture Hall. More info here.

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