The Friday (2/19/2021)

Mandabi (Janus Films)

My piece for the Scarecrow blog this week, and etc.

Mandabi. A 4K restoration of Ousmane Sembene’s uproarious and biting 1968 satire: “The comedy of the film becomes almost Shakespearian as it goes along.”

The second session in Scarecrow Academy’s current online semester will be Saturday, February 20, at 2 p.m. Pacific Time. Our ongoing series is “The Art in Noir: Film Noir and the Director,” and this time we’ll be discussing, via Zoom, Fritz Lang’s 1945 film Scarlet Street, an essential noir starring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, and Dan Duryea. Check the Scarecrow Academy page for information about how to sign up, and for an introductory video from moi.

Four vintage 1980s reviews this week at my other blog, What a Feeling!, all titles beginning with the letter M, because why not. The movies are: Andrew Lane’s Mortal Passions, a heavy-breather with a young cast (this is one of those reviews where I insist that Sheila Kelley is about to be the next big thing); Elie Chouraqi’s Man on Fire, the first version of a story later made by Tony Scott and Denzel Washington (oddly, Scott was up to direct this ’87 version, too); Costa-Gavras’s Music Box, with Jessica Lange and Armin Mueller-Stahl; and Alan Rudolph’s Made in Heaven, a supernatural romance with Timothy Hutton and Kelly McGillis, featuring Debra Winger as God.

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