@ProfVFranco: Italy was actually a series of city-states until its unification as the Kingdom of Italy-1861. By June 2, 1946- the monarchy was out & a republic was formed.
Labor vs management; safety vs profit; job security vs employee expendability… If you want a reminder as to how certain issues remain hot topics no matter the time or place you need to watch Ken Loach’s powerful 2001 comedy/drama about the privatization of the UK rail system, THE NAVIGATORS.
Shot in Loach’s signature realistic style, it is easy to forget that you are watching a scripted film. The deceptively fluid dialogue & acting feel like you are watching a documentary, eavesdropping on all the personal & public moments that shape the futures of 5 railway workers in Yorkshire. It’s no wonder that the script garnered Rob Dawber a BAFTA for best new writer.
Safety concerns, union busting, coitus interruptus, divorce, single parenthood, coerced early retirement, blackmail- it’s all here and you will never step onto a train again without thinking of the system that oversees the individuals responsible for your safety.
American Impressionism – springing from the influence of its French counterpart & fueled by Civil War profit made by Northerners at war’s end.
1865 onwards saw a rise in American travel to Europe & the artistic education of both American art collectors & artists alike. The ashes of the American civil war led to an eventual appreciation of the French Impressionists & the appropriation of the movement to American soil -with American perspectives.
Watching Cagney’s City for Conquest & thinking of it as inspiration for 2013 christian bale starrer “the furnace” & 2010 “the fighter”.
Great brave brothers bailing out their troublesome, tormented brothers using their fists. All the hallmarks of the complexities of the human psyche that i love to see in good film.
Somehow “project x” & “the 100 foot long journey” ended up being an interesting Franco double feature. Not as good as my Gravity & Nebraska mash-up during Oscar screening season but somehow a good study in contrasts. Crap vs quality ?
Pitch session for “project x”: so its “risky business” meets “ferris buehler’s day off” with a little “neighbors” thrown in.
“100 foot” -sweet film -easy to guess plot but still a nice little excursion. manish dayal has come a way since his Quality inn hotel chain commercial (ad is still running in the ny market by the way).
Am I ready to start curating double headers at the New Beverly yet, Mr. T?
In 1957 people didn’t talk much about family members who were gay. “suddenly, last summer” sets the action in 1937 & examines the implications that being closeted had on all members of a family. While extreme in its drama & use of expositional dialogue, the film has gripping performances by Katharine Hepburn, Liz Taylor & Montgomery Clift & this adaptation of the play of the same name by Tennessee Williams is worth seeing.
Quick note- really interesting production design by Oliver Messel makes me wonder how strong an influence this film was on production designer Bruce Ryan & his work creating Will’s apartment in the hit comedy “Will & Grace” back in 1998.
Beautiful sculpted male torsos, and sketches & paintings of lovely young men abound in deceased New Orleans poet Sebastian Venable’s room & are more subtly echoed in Will’s Manhattan living room. Incredible though, how media presentations have changed in the 4 decades between these 2 works.