Sunday, January 22, 2012

Now Playing: JAN. 22, 1962.

From New York City, the first of two adaptations of major American plays by director Sidney Lumet to appear this year. His take on Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night will come later.

The film had actually held its world premier in France three days earlier, having been financed with European money. For more on the source play, check here. For more on the movie, watch the whole thing here.

Down in Daytona, the first name in "Adult Entertainment" is Brigitte Bardot, opening tonight in a film by the director of The Wages of Fear and Diabolique.

Despite Bardot, La Verite didn't enter the canon as the two other Clouzot films have. I'd like to find out why for myself someday. Someone has the film up on YouTube, but it lacks English subtitles. The "co-hit" is a 41 minute featurette from 1956 with an international cast. During its original release, it was touted as an experiment in short-form "documentary fiction," but I don't know if any of the follow-up experiments predicted in this New York Times report were made. For all I know, the rest of you read it here first.

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