The Discreet Bourgeois

Possessed by an urgency to make sure all this stuff I love doesn't just disappear

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The Last Ten Films I’ve Seen

  1. L’eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  2. A Christmas Carol (Brian Desmond Hurst)
  3. Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
  4. M*A*S*H (Robert Altman)
  5. Hava Nagila: The Movie (Roberta Grossman)
  6. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 1947 (Norman Z. McLeod)
  7. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
  8. Walkabout (Nicholas Roeg)
  9. Much Ado About Nothing (Joss Whedon)
  10. Our Dancing Daughters (Harry Beaumont)

1-  Can someone please explain to me how to watch a film by Antonioni?  I’m all ears.

2- Thanks to the persistence of my dear friend Betsy, I watched Eyes Wide Shut again for the first time since it came out. I no longer think it is the hot mess I thought it was back then, and I will grant that there are some pretty impressive set pieces (not necessarily the orgy scene!).  I still question what it’s all about and why Kubrick spent so much time obsessing over it. Since he seemed to obsess over everything, I guess this is a moot point!

3- Much Ado About Nothing should be required viewing for anyone who wants to film or update Shakespeare. A lovely, authentic reading of this heartbreaking and hilarious play.