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Jan 28, 2022

Our second Daniel Day-Lewis Acteurist Oeuvre-view introduces us to the little-known, but very worthy, Nanou (1986), Conny Templeman's first and seemingly only feature, which we liked enough to discuss it in detail even though Day-Lewis's part is very minor. We draw comparisons between the film and Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir, and between Day-Lewis's part in it and Ben Stiller's in Reality Bites. Then we move on to Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) – in which Day-Lewis plays a cool and detached womanizer – and try to articulate the various ways in which the main characters (the others played by Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin) reflect and differ from each other in their attitudes to sex, aesthetics, and love. 


Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:                Nanou (1986) [dir. Conny Templeman]

0h 21m 33s:                The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) [dir. Philip Kaufman]                                    


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* Check out Dave’s new Robert Benchley blog – an attempt to annotate and reflect upon as many of the master humorist’s 2000+ pieces as he can locate – Benchley Data: A Wayward Annotation Project! 

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