Archive for November, 2019

The Thoughts of Terri Garr

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on November 27, 2019 by dcairns

Apart from being an actor, a go-go dancer, and the Greatest Living American, Terri Garr is also a thinker, as the “fotonovel” of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND makes clear. Faced with the insuperable — one would think — challenge of reproducing Spielberg’s multimillion son et lumiere show on the printed page, with only still images and neither Dolby stereo nor the impressive facial twitches of Richard Dreyfuss to enliven it, the anonymous, uncredited fotonovelist delves deep, exploring not only the grainy newsprint faces of the cast, but also their innermost psychology.

And the ruminations of Terri Garr are not neglected. Result: the complete, complex story of a disintegrating marriage, with a level of psychological nuance worthy of Bergman.*

*Stan Bergman, of Blacklick, Ohio.

I love Terri Garr sincerely, BTW. *Imagine* how good a Terri Garr Film Festival would be!

Cold Day in the Park

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , on November 26, 2019 by dcairns

Lovely images from the end of THE SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN, directed by Mikio Naruse, written by top screenwriter Yôko Mizuki, photographed by Masao Tamai — who had just come off GODZILLA.

Since the film is mostly interiors and streets, this sudden expansiveness imparts a refreshing liberation — which the characters feel along with the audience. They don’t run around to the tune of Can’t Buy Me Love or anything like that, but they get the benefit.

The actors are Setsuko Hara of TOKYO STORY fame, Japanese cinema’s good daughter, and Sô Yamamura, who also worked for Ozu as well as appearing in a dizzying array of more commercial stuff, from LONE WOLF AND CUB: BABY CART IN PERIL to TORA TORA TORA to GUNG HO.

My first Naruse! I shall see more.

Typically by now I would have announced The Late Show: The Late Movies Blogathon, but I have left it… rather late. I shall let you guide me: if anyone comments below with an idea for a piece they could write about any filmmaker’s late work, then we shall declare ALL SYSTEMS GO.

Thrice as Twice as Gay

Posted in FILM with tags , on November 25, 2019 by dcairns