Movie Diary 5/27/2015

Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks, 1939). Everything is superbly in place in Hawks’s paradise of risk-taking mail pilots who navigate both South American mountain passes and the behavioral rules for determining who’s good and who isn’t. Seeing it on a screen in a digital restoration (at Edinburgh Filmhouse) brings out all the dense detail of this world – man, every scene is filled with background color and bric-a-brac. And of course Cary Grant and Jean Arthur and a fantastic supporting cast. None of them has aged a bit.


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