Movie Diary 9/13/2020

Fury (Fritz Lang, 1936). The mob, electrifyingly portrayed as a mass of stupid destruction; the desire for vengeance against the mob is portrayed as equally corrosive. The first half of the film is a gradual build-up of tension that uncannily tracks the way a society breaks down, a process that hasn’t changed a bit, although the online world lets it happen in a more disembodied way. Lang’s command of how that happens with bodies crowded into tight spaces – everyday places like taverns and barbershops – is chilling and relentless. Laced with eerie moments, like the politician who casually notes that his support of a lynching drew 90 % approval from his constituents.

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