Movie Diary 3/12/2018

The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci, 2017). The funnies surrounding the aftermath of the leader’s demise, a full-on, quick-slashing satire that truly cuts. (full review 3/14)

Yield to the Night (J. Lee Thompson, 1956). British bombshell Diana Dors in a de-glamorized role as a death-row inmate recalling the events leading up to her crime. Surprisingly, the movie spends more time in prison than on the flashbacks, focusing on the cruel minutiae of waiting for a possible reprieve. Dors is quite good, as is Yvonne Mitchell as a sympathetic prison matron. Evocatively photographed by Gilbert Taylor, who would knock off Dr. Strangelove, A Hard Day’s Night, and Repulsion in the coming decade.