Movie Diary 9/15/2020

Moonrise (Frank Borzage, 1948). Odd, highly-charged quasi-noir, with the miscast Dane Clark as an unpleasant young man whom the movie nevertheless insists on redeeming. There’s something very Catholic about it and also kind of French. Easy to see that Borzage was a silent-movie director.

Mr. Soul! (Melissa Haizlip, 2020). Documentary about Ellis Haizlip, the producer-host of the public-TV show Soul!, which brought African-American culture into homes from the late 60s through the early 70s. Music, poetry, dance, and every combination thereof appears here, to frankly fabulous effect.

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