The Friday 9/3/2021

Mariana Di Girolamo: Ema (Music Box Films)

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

Ema. “It was refreshing to spend time with a movie that feels like it came from another era, one in which puzzling the audience was an acceptable gambit for moviemaking. “

I’ve got a new episode of my radio show “The Music and the Movies,” this one trotting along to Western movie theme songs. We run the gamut from High Noon to Blazing Saddles, and hear vocal stylings from Frankie Laine, Peggy Lee, Glen Campbell, and – Bob Mitchum?

The previous episodes, on 21st Century film composers who are not men, is still up, too. If these have vanished when you’re reading this in the future, check out the M&M page to see what’s current. Produced by Voice of Vashon.

Tuesday, September 14, at 8 p.m., I’ll be presenting a Zoom talk called “This Is the End: How Movie Prepared Us for the Apocalypse,” through the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau program. The host is Scarecrow Video, and you can find more information here.

Two vintage 1980s reviews revived for my other website, What a Feeling!, this week, both directed by Bertrand Blier, both made up of beautifully-cast romantic triangles: My Best Friend’s Girl, a three-way with Isabelle Huppert, Thierry Lhermitte, and Coluche; and Too Beautiful for You, with Josiane Balasko, Carole Bouquet, and Gerard Depardieu.

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