Silly women and their ideas about what they want.

There's been a lot of cultural dissonance between Pat and I and some of the films we've watched for Lost in Criterion. It would probably be nice if we could objectively talk about a film instead of getting bogged down in why the filmmaker was wrong to portray things the way they did, especially in popular films where we're essentially arguing against the combined opinion of an entire civilization. But where's the fun in that?

Anyway, I Know Where I'm Going! is a film The Archer's made in 1945 because they didn't have color film stock to make a different movie, and they claim to have written it in a week. That sort of autopilot pre-production means we get a tale of a woman who thinks she knows what she wants and the man who ultimately shows her that not only is she wrong but also that she really just wants him. Additionally, his marrying her in the end is the fulfillment of an ancient curse, so take from that what you will.

Have a listen, then?

Lost in Criterion and I guess this is some sort of anti-imperialism thing?

Of course it is!

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's Black Narcissus (1947) is a statement against continued ruling of India. A statement they basically frame as the classic noble savage "it's too different for us, they should be left alone" argument that is really degrading even as it seeks positive ends. Movie's beautiful though. Not quite what they would reach next with The Red Shoes, but still...just great.

We talk about it in this week's Lost in Criterion.