Movie Diary 7/22/2020

Winter Kills (William Richert, 1979). I hadn’t seen this political fantasia since way back in the day, during the film’s sleeper-hit run in Seattle. It remains a zany and original paranoid comedy, and hardly less timely now than when it came out.

The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman, 1973). Like Winter Kills, this movie has a key scene with someone wrapped entirely in mummy-like bandages, a la Catch-22. (When I showed this film in a class last year, a student suggested that the mummy-man is the grocery-store worker from the opening sequence – whom we later see arrested – after he’s been roughed up by police.) Anyway, you can’t turn it off, even if you’re only intended to watch a few scenes.