Movie Diary 9/19/2016

Dead Reckoning (John Cromwell, 1947). I hadn’t seen this one in years, but it held up as I remembered it: fast-talking, shadowy, somewhat crazy. It has Bogart in full career gallop and Lizabeth Scott doing her particular thing. Given the quotable dialogue and Bogart’s attitude, this movie had to have been a big influence on Woody Allen when it came time to write Play It Again, Sam.

Operation Avalanche (Matt Johnson, 2016). Pretty effective lo-fi approach to Capricorn One subject matter. The faux documentary approach is deployed on a tale of ambitious CIA filmmakers who offer to produce the footage for the faked moon landing. Contains a Zelig-like appearance by Stanley Kubrick. (full review 9/23)


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