Movie Diary 1/11/2023

Triangle of Sadness (Ruben Östlund, 2022). The director of Force Majeure and The Square presents a raucous and highly entertaining satire on the rich – which surely qualifies as shooting fish in a barrel, and yet still gratifying. The actors are tuned in, and Östlund’s camera knows how to set up sight gags. If this is a mess, every mess should be this enjoyable.

The Woman in the Window (Fritz Lang, 1944). I have seen Scarlet Street so many times in recent years (mostly because of teaching), and thought about how long it had been since watching its precursor. The sense of a main character being on the verge of getting exposed has rarely been so relentless in a movie, and I love the way Raymond Massey’s performance, as Edward G. Robinson’s district attorney pal/nemesis, plays as a highly stylized, laser-beam figure out of nightmare.

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