Movie Diary 9/26/2021

In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950). I will lead Scarecrow Academy again for its fall session, beginning Saturday Oct. 2 at 2 pm Pacific Time (Zoom meetings, that is), about which more to come. Our first discussion, though, will be about this dark classic, a film about Hollywood and compromise and violence.

Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray, 1956). Which made me want to watch this film again, for the first time in many years. The two movies seem connected, both very hothouse experiences, this one alive with color and widescreen dynamics, set against a society that makes people sick – or at least one that doesn’t allow them time for anything other than the business of making money.