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Clement Time

March 2, 2015

I’ve caught up with a few Rene Clement films lately, and so I decided to have a full week of his work on Shadowplay to push me to see the rest. I haven’t been able to find any of his shorts or documentaries except for the early Tati comedy SOIGNE TON GAUCHE, but all the […]

Yes, Paris is Burning

April 16, 2019

I said we should watch IS PARIS BURNING? because it would make us feel better. The conflagration at Notre Dame was unexpectedly upsetting. My thinking was it would do us good to appreciate that all of Paris might easily have been destroyed seventy-five years ago. Plus this film is an oddly upbeat war movie, alternating […]

Listen up, here’s the plan…

May 30, 2015

Over the years, at Shadowplay, I have occasionally devoted a full week to a filmmaker I wanted to get to grips with — off the top of my head, I can think of Frank Borzage, Joseph Losey, Otto Preminger, Anthony Mann and Rene Clement. Plus I did a week on American period movies of the seventies […]