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Screenings: The Beguiled (2017)

October 28th, 2017 · No Comments

[DVD, library]

It’s beautiful visually, with lots (and I mean LOTS) of shots of hazy light filtered through mossy Southern trees [like in the works of Terrence Malick] and scenes in dark rooms that seem to be lit by only candlelight [as in Stanley Kubrick’s BARRY LYNDON]. So, it’s interesting to move from the end of the film to the DVD supplements and hear director Sofia Coppola speak about wanting to make this remake of the ’70’s Don Siegel film from a woman’s point of view (the D.P., Philippe le Sourd, is a man, and the ambient score was created by the band Phoenix – four men). At least the ending, in which the women – in a show of hand-holding unity reminiscent of a coven of witches – mutilate, poison, and bag up the lone male character like the contents of a larder – exerts a strong, albeit unsavory, message of female independence.


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