Movie Diary 4/18/2016

No Man of Her Own (Mitchell Leisen, 1950). Barbara Stanwyck in an adaptation of Cornell Woolrich’s I Married a Dead Man, a great idea about a woman pretending to be someone she’s not. The film sweeps from stately mansion to red-light district, and Stanwyck handles it all with aplomb – of course. John Lund (from A Foreign Affair) is in it, and super baddie Lyle Bettger too.

Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975). We spent six hours moving through this baby, as part of SIFF’s “Cinema Dissection” series. Good discussion and some very committed moviegoers made it a fine day. I hope Penelope Allen and Marcia Jean Kurtz know they have some fans out here.

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