The Friday 3/3/2023

Lea Seydoux, Melvil Poupaud: One Fine Morning (Sony Pictures Classics)

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

One Fine Morning. “This is the grace of Hansen-Løve’s films, their dance between casualness and rapt attention, calibrated without an ounce of phoniness.”

New episode of “The Music and the Movies” this week: I play soundtrack stuff from film adaptations of the work of John le Carre. Listen at the Voice of Vashon website.

Tomorrow, Saturday 4/3, we begin a new free online season of Scarecrow Academy, this time devoted to “Women in Trouble: Great Melodrama in Film.” We gather via Zoom on Saturday afternoons at 2 pm Pacific Time, and I lead a lecture/discussion about that week’s film. First up is William Wyler’s The Letter (1940), starring Bette Davis. Sign up and see more info here.

Movie Diary 3/1/2023

Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977). If you were around at the time, it was one of the most quotable movies ever made. Also a kind of “life movie” in some way, and without its influence I wonder whether a lot of small, thoughtful films would be getting made in the same way today (even if the people now making them have forgotten its influence). Not a perfect thing, by any means, but indelible nonetheless.

One Fine Morning (Mia Hansen-Love, 2022). For instance, this might be one of those small, thoughtful films. Will write about this for tomorrow.