Movie Diary 10/26/2015

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920). It never gets old, this one. Thrown on the big screen at Seattle’s Paramount theater, the movie had some jazzy accompaniment by the Wayne Horvitz Ensemble.

The Keeping Room (Daniel Barber, 2015). End-of-Civil-War yarn, ostensibly carrying an enlightened message but frequently employing some exploitation-picture tactics to do its thing. (full review 10/30)

Experimenter (Michael Almereyda, 2015). I haven’t seen every one of Almereyda’s films, so it can’t be definitive, but I have a sneaking suspicion this is his most fully-realized movie. Peter Sarsgaard plays Stanley Milgram, the psych prof who did the famous obedience experiments of the early 60s. Distancing techniques abound, yet the film weaves an intriguing spell. (full review 10/30)


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