Movie Diary 11/4/2018

Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (Alexis Bloom, 2018). The life of the terrible human being who started Fox News, told in clear, lucid style. The film doesn’t have to try very hard to make the case that what Ailes did changed America for the immeasurably worse – and that’s not even getting into the creepy sexual exploitation.

Hitler’s Hollywood (Rüdiger Suchsland, 2017). Lots of great clips in this look at the cinema of 1933-1945 Germany, although the movie is very fast-paced and a little hard to track. But maybe that fits the film’s thesis that Nazi cinema was a kind of dream, induced in a willing population; the documentary goes for a disorienting trance state itself. Udo Kier narrates.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening (RaMell Ross, 2018). An impressionistic documentary of an Alabama county (coincidentally, the same area James Agee and Walker Evans explored for Let Us Now Praise Famous Men), this 76-minute film is something all to its lovely self.

Four Sheets to the Wind (Sterlin Harjo, 2007). Debut feature by the Native American filmmaker who also did the excellent Barking Water (2009). It may be low-budget and awkwardly acted at times, but it’s one of those movies that strongly convey the sense that somebody around here knows how to tell stories.

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