Monday, August 2, 2010
Oliveira's ECCENTRICITIES OF A BLOND-HAIRED GIRL: a century old and still at it
Manoel Oliveira's train of thought, in fact, reminded me of my companion's 96-year-old mother, who lives with us. She's there at the beginning of a sentence, but sometimes has hopped the track by the end -- which is more or less what the famed Portuguese director does in his latest tale, ECCENTRICITIES OF A BLOND-HAIRED GIRL (Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura), which lasts 61 minutes but displays enough content for maybe three times that length.
TrustMovies has never visited that country.)
I'm Going Home (Je rentre à la maison), I questioned whether or not this director ought still to be making movies. It was not so much the film (which itself wasn't much) but the interview with the director on the DVD, in which what he talked about proved utterly embarrassing and nowhere near the point. But then I saw his A Talking Picture (Um Filme Falado) made two years later, and found it simply terrific. So I had to eat my words. Who knows, maybe I'll dine on them again when his next film, underway now and titled The Strange Case of Angelica, makes its eventual debut.
Anthology Film Archives. It plays Monday through Friday at 7pm and 8:30, and Saturday and Sunday at 4pm, 5:30, 7 pm and 8:30.