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May 21, 2018

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Peter Martin

Thank you! This is awesome. I always enjoy these guides, even though I know it's a huge amount of work. The perspective, the overview, the focus. So ... thanks.

Sal C

I welcome your take on The Color of Pomegranates. I have been on the fence as several learn-ed folks have said they thought it is a little 'green around the gills', so to speak

lazarus

Glad to se you back, Glenn. A few thoughts:

Worth noting that the Rivette does NOT include the companion feature Divertimento, unlike the earlier Region 2 release from Artificial Eye. I'd say how unfortunate this is had I actually got around to watching it myself, but it's there waiting for me on my shelf. Cohen Media announced a couple years ago that they bought the rights to a bunch of post-1980 Rivette films, and they're sure taking their time. La Belle Noiseuse is great, but I wish they had started with the ones that haven't been released in decent English versions already, like Up Down Fragile, Secret Defense, or one of your favorites, The Story of Marie and Julien.

I considered getting a cheapo DVD of Model Shop before, but it didn't seem very appealing. I'm still not convinced. But I did just pick up a R2 disc of Demy's final film Three Tickets for the 26th, which looks like it's at least trying to recapture the magic of those two classics tou mentioned. There doesn't seem to be much written about this one and it's a shame there's no R1 release. Have you (or anyone here) seen it?

I hate to keep talking about imports but I'm just so in love with the new UK label Indicator, which just released a LOADED Blu-ray of Little Murders, a title shamefully out-of-print in America. Commentary with Elliott Gould and Jules Feiffer together?? These people are doing the lord's work. They also just put out a similarly-stacked Blu of The Passenger, and other curiosities like Mike Nichols's The Fortune.

Petey

Huh. I caught MODEL SHOP for the first time on TCM a month or two ago, and yeah, it's definitely Demy's vacation in LA film. While the film is visually pedestrian enough that I think I'm happy enough with my DVR copy to skip the Blu, I did find it pretty interesting to watch. It's so alien to every other California film of the era that it's kinda compelling.

Of course, it does seem a bit perverse that this gets a Blu release while DONKEY SKIN sits neglected, but such is the way of the world.

GK

Thanks Laz.

I agree it'd be nice if the Blu of "Noiseuse" included "Divertimento" but I'm not heartbroken about its absence. Suchenski's commentary notes that the shorter cut was a contractual obligation. I wonder if it has a different rights-holder. If this disc is any indication the hopefully upcoming Blus of other Rivettes will be sweet.

Don't know "Three Tickets;" I'll look into that.

Yeah, Indicator is a great label. I've done some work with them: booklet essay for "Anderson Tapes," a commentary with Nick Pinkerton for "5000 Fingers of Dr. T," and I was a producer on the Michael Feinstein Q&A on that package too. Also contributed a booklet essay to their Boetticher box set. I'm looking forward to a care package from them that I expect will include "Murders" and "Passenger."

lazarus

Ahh, I forgot about their 5000 Fingers release, definitely will prioritize if your commentary is on there, Glenn. I own the DVD but would love to upgrade. And I also need to get their Blu of Arthur Penn’s The Chase, a divisive film I saw a print of in Los Angeles a few years ago and loved. There’s that amazing cast, of course, but what I remember most is that climactic scene at the junkyard with those flaming tires rolling down the hill, visually striking to me in the way the carnival scene in Some Came Running was.

J Higgins

Excellent as always, Glenn. One little correction, though: the Franco maven is Stephen Thrower, not Steven Thrasher. He's also a musician, known for his work with Coil and as one half of the electronic experimental group Cyclobe.

GK

J. Higgins: Fixed, thanks. At least I stumbled upon a not-unamusing way of screwing up the fellow's name, I guess.

Andrew Del Monte

As someone who discovered this blog when you were haranguing critics for being too sensitive about The Wolf of Wall Street, and found your words vital, justified and necessary, I wish you vented a little more often! Glad you're sticking around.

Oh and I think El Indio doesn't get mentioned nearly enough on lists of greatest movie villains.

Griff

Glenn: Harry Stradling, Sr. shot Cukor's MY FAIR LADY, Quine's HOW TO MURDER YOUR WIFE and was indeed Streisand's favorite cameraman for a while, photographing her first four features. [He died during the shooting of THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT.] His son, Harry Stradling, Jr., shot a number of notable films, including LITTLE BIG MAN, THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN and BITE THE BULLET; Streisand reportedly specifically asked for him on THE WAY WE WERE.

I look forward to hearing that 5,000 FINGERS commentary!

Redbeard

GK: I love your insight and am grateful for any table scraps you're able to post here, however infrequent they might be. Thanks for keeping it going.

Speaking of Beart, I wish the underrated "Un Coeur en Hiver" would find its way to blu-ray or someone's streaming catalog so I could revisit. Is that Auteuil's best performance? Impossible to say, but I've never shaken it. His chemistry with Beart is insane in that movie.

lazarus

I need to see that one. I recently got Béart and Sautet’s following collaboration Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud, but haven’t watched it yet.

Redbeard

Laz - they'd make a fine double bill. Would be interested to know if you can locate "Coeur" anywhere. As far as troubled romances go, it's strangely unique.

lazarus

You can find copies on eBay but they're South Korean imports. I've bought some of these before and the quality is usually fine. With shipping it's hovering around $12 which isn't that bad.

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