Delicious, holds up so well on a re-watch.
Wilder moved effortlessly between genres and his take on Agatha Christie and courtroom drama feels wholly his, his trademark wit bristles through his ensemble. Charles Laughton delivers a perfect blend of drama, sharp humour - his voice is so distinctive it's easy to forget how good a physical performance this is, while Dietrich's casting fills the whole thing, with foreboding dread.
All the components are there and add up to a film…
Picked up the BFI Boxset of Marlene Dietrich at Universal because I can't get enough of her & seemed like a great chance to continue to dig into her filmography.
This is a silly romp, a joyous comedy, even if in spite of a short running time, it begins to drag towards the end. There's some great Dietrich costumes, from her striking black gothic-like outfits through to the spectacular wedding dress, and while Rene Clair (whose work I'd love to dig…
Thank God for independent cinema. It's refreshing to see something that is confidently its own thing; it stands out, it challenges form and, in those moments where all its elements come together, it really connects. Notes on Blindness is hugely inventive, sensitive and wholly imaginative film, so much so that, that I'm almost left regretful that it didn't connect for me throughout. The combination of stunning imagery and poetic prose are captivating, but something in it contemplative nature allowed my…