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  • Hope

    Hope

    Andrew Sarris wrote of Fassbinder's The Merchant of Four Seasons that it "manages to break the heart without betraying the mind." It's a statement that has stuck with me since I first saw it--truth be told, as part of that film's VHS-packaging blurb. I think of it as often as I do because it speaks to questions that have dogged me throughout my life as a cinephile: What value should I place on emotional response? Is Sarris correct in his…

  • The Night

    The Night

    The beautiful night is slipping away
    Why can't we stop the hands of time?
    The bothersome rooster is at it again
    Why must it crow ceaselessly so?
    The beautiful night is slipping away
    I gently pull the curtains shut
    But the heartless heavens insist on letting in the rays of dawn
    What a tender night it was
    Our hearts became as one
    But the moment is over much too soon
    For dawn is here again
    The beautiful night is slipping…

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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    Here's a film that, for me, is as fun to talk around as it is to talk about. While watching, and enjoying, it I kept thinking about how so much value in cinephilic discourse is placed on the foregrounding of artifice. Classical Hollywood is loved for its lack of realism, and for the way standardized production served to throw personal style into relief; and with nearly every major auteur besides, what's admired is heavy formal intervention. What we cinephiles seem…

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    "Judy, it can't matter to you."

    For someone like myself, who values visual form and style as much as narrative, writing about this movie presents a real challenge. The story and plotting of Vertigo are perhaps the finest in all of movies: there's the slam-bang intro; the languorous first movement, with the development of mystery and the growing romance joined as one; the violent rupture; and then a new love, a new mystery, with us one crucial step ahead of…