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She was a remarkable movie maker, but her troubled life and art make it hard to watch. I do love her style, but I realize it is not for everyone. The darkness can get to you, it might wear you down. However, if you are resistant to it, you will be richly rewarded.
We have seen some of her work earlier... this time, with much credit to the Criterion Channel, we had a chance to re-examine it, and at some point my wife just couldn't take any more. So if you have not seen her films - proceed with caution.
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have problems; her portrayals don't offer much besides the presentation. But I admit I may be missing something.
I found it very engaging.
Yes, she's beautiful.
I think she approached that unemployed actor and said she was making a film, but had no money to pay him. To which he responded: "When are we shooting?"
She said "Right now!" and they walked him to a truck, with the crew already there.
He played his part very well, BTW.
Gruesome story. Truly disgusting.
It is about the effect of a particular racial crime - murder of James Byrd.
That means I skipped through pretty large segments, enough to know what it was about and listen to several LONG ruminations by poor folks. I don't see the political angle, though?
I do find it interesting Akerman has nothing to say, ever, about the Palestinians even though she made a film in Israel (Tel Aviv, if I remember right?) or about French colonialism. There's more than a shred of racism in France and its treatment about its own citizenry from its many colonies. Oh well, I guess it's always easier to find fault with others.
The political angle came from Al Gore, who accused Bush of being soft on those murderers. Of course the fact two of them received death sentence and one life sentence did not mean anything to Al.
lack of support for the hate crimes bill, which is a complex subject best not discussed here. Someday, over vodka... or not.
Not much of a vodka drinker here, unfortunately. Me no putin scum apparatchik with their fat and greasy mugs.
toast to Patrick!
Actually, for the last several years my favorite drink has been pinot noir.
How appropriate... as one of my most favorite movie genre is film noir. The signs of a dark soul?
Just tonight that very combination - inexpensive pinot with "Phantom Lady" -a somewhat unusual 1941 film in that category.
I can watch those petite B&W gems all day long.
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