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I just read a Cukor biography and I've been digging into this middle part of his career, when he did a series of collaborations with the screenwriters Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon. To me, this one is the hidden gem: A 1954 absurdist comedy about a woman (Judy Holliday, the queen) who rents a huge billboard in Columbus Circle and paints her name on it, in hopes that it will make her famous. Yep, that's basically the entire plot! A…
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It does not occur to you—or at least it did not occur to me—until the final sequence of this remarkable movie that Sciamma has not taken the usual pains to orient us in historical time. We get none of the usual period-pic hints meant to situate us snugly within a particular context: No obligatory references to kings or wars, no obvious recent inventions, no title card at the beginning of the film to let us know that it is 1728…
I finally watched this and yes, it's beautiful, brilliantly acted, totally enthralling... but the sex scenes are super male-gazey in a way that almost ruined the entire thing for me/contradicted the whole "point" of the movie? I wasn't really paying attention to the critical conversation about this movie when it came out so I'm not sure if I'm the only grumpy killjoy who felt this way, but if I am so be it!