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Nov 21, 2019

We have a conversion experience with DUEL IN THE SUN (King Vidor, 1946) and return to PORTRAIT OF JENNIE (William Dieterle, 1948). Are these the two definitive Jennifer Jones movies? The best movies she made? The best movies that Selznick produced? We consider these questions as we continue to ponder the unfolding of Jones's persona. We also set up our Scorsese Corner and begin our floating discussion of the current TIFF retrospective with our first-impression reading of THE IRISHMAN. Elise opines that the lead actors look neither the right age nor even particularly human, but both agree that Pacino, especially, is marvellous. But does Scorsese go down too easy to be a major filmmaker?

Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:          Duel in the Sun (dir. King Vidor et al)

0h 49m 43s:          Portrait of Jennie (dir. William Dieterle)                          

1h 30m 20s:          Fall Cinemagoing Update: Chantal Akerman continues and The Irishman (2019)


* Find Elise’s latest published film piece – “Elaine May’s Male Gaze” – in the Elaine May issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room*

*And Read Elise’s Writing at Bright Wall/Dark RoomCléo, and Bright Lights.*

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“What’s Yr Take on Cassavetes?” – Le Tigre