Movie Diary 11/23/2020

The Little Foxes (William Wyler, 1941) and These Three (William Wyler, 1936). No particular reason, just watching stuff. Both shot by Gregg Toland, both written by Lillian Hellman. Wyler’s command of the screen is stronger in the later film, but you can already see his eye in ’36. One thing that always strikes me about Wyler: His ear for dialogue (or at least how to get actors to say dialogue) is weaker than what Capra/Hawks/McCarey were doing at the same time; with Wyler there are more stilted/Hollywood line readings coming through. There are an awful lot of strong female performances in these two, in a variety of styles.