Movie Diary 3/24/2019

Fires on the Plain (Kon Ichikawa, 1959). Scathing anti-war film that begins with a tubercular soldier (in the Philippines in the waning days of WWII) being told he should go back to the jungle hospital and get well so he can die for the Emperor’s glory, and if he doesn’t get well, he should kill himself. This was two years before Catch-22 was published.

Cutter’s Way (Ivan Passer, 1981). One of the great films of its moment. Also the last film of the 1970s? It hasn’t lost anything over the years, and if anything looks more horrifyingly preiscent.