Noir! Melodrama! Grease! A random, yet fun week of screenings:
Double Indemnity (1944)
Widely regarded as the definitive film noir, Double Indemnity tells the story of an insurance salesman (Fred MacMurray) who gets engages in a murderous insurance fraud scheme with the sultry wife (Barbara Stanwyck) of one of his clients, arousing the suspicions of his boss (Edward G. Robinson). Who knew a movie about insurance could be so intense? REQUIRED.
The Way We Were (1973)
During the post-World War II/McCarthy era, an emphatic Marxist (Barbra Streisand) and an apolitical WASP (Robert Redford) fall in love despite their differences, but those differences eventually drive them apart. A decent romantic drama with solid performances by the two leads. I was disappointed by the awkward time jump and abrupt ending, but Robert Redford’s handsome visage makes up for it. AMBIVALENT.
Grease: Live (2016)
FOX takes the live TV musical to the next level in this vibrant and technically ambitious production of the 1970s classic. Purists won’t like it, but those who go into it without any expectations should be pleasantly surprised. Favorite numbers: “Freddy My Love,” “Those Magic Changes,” and “There Are Worse Things I Could Do.” HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
FOX will probably present an encore broadcast in the near future, but for now, they’ve posted clips on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.