Movie Diary 7/18/2016

Platinum Blonde (Frank Capra, 1931). First viewing in many years of Capra’s fun, loose comedy about a wisecracking reporter (Robert Williams) in an unlikely romance with a society lady (Jean Harlow) while his reporter pal (Loretta Young) watches patiently. Some of the behavioral stuff points the way toward later Capra atmosphere, including It Happened One Night. Williams, a lively comic presence, died a few days after the film opened.

Carnage (Roman Polanski, 2011). The material itself limits this stage adaptation from becoming any kind of great movie, but it’s still compelling to watch the way action unfolds in the space of a single apartment. And Polanski is one of the great apartment directors.

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