Movie Diary 12/21/2015

Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015). Even formidable women like Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara have a hard time fighting through the Fifties production design, but I guess that’s supposed to be part of the point. Very well mounted and acted, though it might be Haynes’ least adventurous film. (full review 12/25)

Gilda (Charles Vidor, 1946). Had only seen this noir classic once, and didn’t have very positive memories of it. The first 80 minutes or so are great, though, with perverse relationships and rotten people and Rita Hayworth in top form. It’s just the resolution that goes off the rails. Beautifully photographed by Rudolph Maté.

Tonight and Every Night (Philip Saville, 1945). Weird wartime story, with Hayworth singing and dancing in London during the Blitz. Marc Platt does some sensational dancing. There’s also a routine from vaudeville xylophonist Professor Lamberti, one of those glimpses into well-honed comic shtick that makes you marvel at the things that were once found funny.

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