Movie Diary 4/24/2017

Starless Dreams (Mehrdad Oskouei, 2016). A devastating documentary from Iran about teenage girls in a juvenile detention center. This is one of the films to be shown at the Northwest Film Forum in May as part of the nationwide “Seventh Art Stand” project to screen movies largely from countries affected by the president’s travel ban.

Odds Against Tomorrow (Robert Wise, 1959). Re-seeing this one after reading Harry Belafonte’s memoir (he produced it, and considers it one of the only movie projects he got pretty right). Good noir feel, nice work by Robert Ryan and Shelley Winters, plus Belafonte is an unusual presence. The credits are cool. Some of the very spiky dialogue is by Abraham Polonsky, not yet out from under the blacklist. Wise’s hand is heavy at times.

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