Movie Diary 9/6/2022

Navalny (Daniel Roher, 2022). The subject is vitally important, of course, and Alexei Navalny is a compelling figure: a showboat, a martyr, a droll comedian. The story of his poisoning has astonishing twists, including a sequence in which Navalny prank-calls one of his attempted murderers, who casually reveals details of the assassination plot. Still, it has to be said, firmly: The style of this kind of documentary, with its thundering music and hyped-up suspense, is frankly odious.

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