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“The Bride Wore Black”: Truffaut Made Too Many Movies

The Bride Wore Black

The Bride Wore Black (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Francois Truffaut admired the films of Hitchcock, but his thriller The Bride Wore Black (1968) is certainly more Truffaut than Hitchcock, which is wise.  However, this is the only good thing about the movie—an utterly lousy one.  It is much, much sillier than Truffaut’s The Woman Next Door, which nevertheless manages to satisfy.  Bride only manages to make us chuckle in disbelief, and somehow makes even Jeanne Moreau look (histrionically) bad.

Pre-War Heaven? Malick’s “Days of Heaven”

Days of Heaven

Days of Heaven (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With Days of Heaven (1978), Terrence Malick wanted to tell a story mostly through artistic pictures, and without a doubt the film is superbly shot.  But the writing is a reality too, and here Malick greatly disappoints.

The “little people” of pre-World War I America are sinners too (the film makes clear).  Life, however, is ferociously demanding, and a man like Richard Gere‘s Bill might, or will, shun moral duty in fighting against it.  There is no profundity in the movie beyond this, and much of the narrative detail is feeble.  Still, it is absorbing to watch a plague of locusts, often in closeup, eat away at far-reaching crops and uniformed policemen in the early 20th century ride vigorously their horses through the woods.

The Anti-Monument Vandals

Cover of "M*A*S*H (Widescreen Edition)"

Cover of M*A*S*H (Widescreen Edition)

The fools among us are desecrating the monuments to Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jefferson and others.  I agree with the writer for The Federalist website who propounded that these monuments “mark our progress as a nation,” but this would never occur to the fools.  It’s only a matter of time in fact before they start destroying, if they can, massive copies of the Robert Altman movie, M*A*S*H.  This 1970 work is not only anti-military and anti-religion, it also denigrates homosexuals; and numerous young vandals won’t tolerate that.  For my part, I have never liked M*A*S*H, but I wouldn’t respect any grand removal of it from American venues.

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