Movie Diary 8/11/2019

Bird of Paradise (King Vidor, 1932). Sailor Joel McCrea sticks around after a South Seas island stop to snuggle with native girl Dolores del Rio, unaware that she is destined to be sacrificed to the volcano gods. A certifiably daft film, with some strangely intense moments and Max Steiner’s cool score.

Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977). Kind of a “why not?” screening, from a DVD print that somebody must’ve spent some time restoring, so vivid are the colors. Seeing it again only underscores the woeful miscalculations of the 2018 remake.

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