I'm trying to get at least a little better about sketching out a few comments on the films I watch, rather than just posting credits and grades without any substantiating commentary. Here, then, are some short notations on the three films I saw on video this weekNikita Mikhalkov's 12
, a 2007 Oscar nominee that premiered last year in American theaters, and two old dramas from 1944, the Eugene O'Neill adaptation The Hairy Ape
and the Greer Garson-Walter Pidgeon vehicle Mrs. Parkington
. I meant to write something comparably short about G.W. Pabst's Pandora's Box
, but with a film that seminal and thrilling, and even more so in 35mm projection with live-organ accompaniment at the Bank of America Cinema
, who can hold to just a few words? Not me, surprise, surprise.
A mishmash of titles, to be sure, but hopefully if I can keep up this steady drip instead of the heaving cycles of feast and famine, you'll find things in the mix that interest or appeal to you.
Labels: Adaptations, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Germany, Greer Garson, International, Reviews, Russia/USSR, Silents, Susan Hayward, Theater