Movie Diary 2/7/2021

On the Beach (Stanley Kramer, 1959). Coincidentally re-watched this one, for a project, on the day its cinematographer, Giuseppe Rotunno, died at age 97. He worked with Fellini and Visconti, Mike Nichols and Monte Hellman, did All That Jazz and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, shot the Bible for John Huston and a comic strip (Popeye) for Robert Altman. And this movie, which definitely benefits from his photographic touch. Whatever Kramer’s tendency toward over-emphasis, this film has a mood, and more than a little resonance in this age of pandemic.

Pieces of a Woman (Kornel Mundruczo, 2020). A big, broad movie, with acting to match – but Vanessa Kirby and Ellen Burstyn (and an almost-unrecognizable Molly Parker) are certainly up to the standard. The movie’s got a good ear for hurtful comments, which somehow you want to know more about.

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