Movie Diary 1/23/2017

The Great Race (Blake Edwards, 1965). I saw this as a child when it was released, and maybe for that reason this slapstick picture seems like a true epic. “Leslie escaped with a chicken?” remains my seven-year-old self’s favorite punch line. And boy, Henry Mancini really worked overtime here.

All Governments Lie (Fred Peabody, 2016). Documentary that tries to tie the spirit of the legendary newsman I.F. Stone to the state of the world today. A rather broad subject, yet the various interview subjects make a lively group of talkers. And yes, the thing couldn’t be better timed. (full review 1/27)

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