Movie Diary 5/24/2016

Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles, 1966). Here’s the restoration of Welles’ Falstaff picture, courtesy the Seattle International Film Festival. It can be said that the soundtrack for the dialogue remains a problem, but the film looked very impressive on a big screen.

Wiener-Dog (Todd Solondz, 2016). Stories connected by the presence of a dachshund, including one piece that brings back Dawn Wiener (played here by Greta Gerwig), the main character of Solondz’ Welcome to the Dollhouse. The filmmaker is as merciless as ever, and his ear for the lacerating turn of phrase has gotten even better. Shows at SIFF.

Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell (Martin Bell, 2016). A film that rejoins an adolescent from the classic documentary Streetwise (1984). A hard movie to watch, and to write about, for that matter. One thing for sure: The film is no more interested in creating a storyline of reassurance than the original film was. Shows at SIFF.

The Lure (Agnieszka Smoczynska, 2015). From Poland, a musical about two mermaids who walk on the earth for a while. Lively, for certain, and seemingly geared to be a film festival picture. Shows at SIFF.

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