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James van Maanen

Lovely, lovely, lovely. You should be reviewing TGR! (Actually, you are, aren't you? In this particular blog, at least) I'll have to stick this film into my Netflix or GreenCIne queue. Didn't even realize that Ozu dated back to the silent era, as I've only seen his "talkies." I do know what you mean about having to get used to the pacing of a silent film. But even some of Ozu's talkies seem to have more silence than talk, so, if you appreciate his later work, it shouldn't be too hard to adjust.
Interesting, your speculation about the filmmaker's sexuality. This had not occurred to me, yet what you say does make sense, now that i think back on on what I have seen of his work. Thanks for this post!
PS: Have you ever seen Ophul's "Madame de..."? We watched it last night, I for the second time, my partner for the first. Although, at my initial viewing (maybe 40 years ago), I think I was far too young to appreciate it, even now, I cannot understand what all the raving is about. (This is the film that both Kael and Sarris found to be the pinnacle?) It's a lovely time capsule of a period and a style. But there is so much artifice for so long in the movie that when, at last, we are expected to believe that the characters somehow have dropped the artifice and are feeling deeply..... Well, I didn't buy it. When artifice is all you know, I guess it is easy to convince yourself that something is "real," as these characters do. The acting style, particularly from Danielle Darrieux, reinforces the artifice. Anyway, I would love to get your take on the film, which is known and marketed in the USA as "The Earrings of Madame de..." If you view the new Criterion DVD release, be sure to click on the supplementary materials and watch the interview with the author who wrote the story on which the film is based. She is hilarious (and not intentionally)!

The Gay Recluse

Thanks for the kind words and the recommendation, JMV! We look forward to seeing more of your reviews on the Trust Movies blog!

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Gods final



A young boy wanders into the woods of Harlem and witnesses the abduction of his sister by a glowing creature. Forty years later, now working as a New York City homicide detective, Gus is assigned to a case in which he unexpectedly succumbs to a vision that Helen is still alive. To find her, he embarks on an uorthodox investigation that leads to an ancient civilization of gods and the people determined to bring them back.

In this colossal new novel from the author of The Metropolis Case, the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice collides with a new religion founded by three corporate office workers, creating something beautiful, illogical, and overwhelming. Part sex manifesto, part religious text, part Manhattan noir—with a dose of deadly serious, internet inspired satire—#gods is a sprawling inquest into the nature of faith and resistance in the modern world. With each turn of the page, #gods will leave you increasingly reborn.

Praise for #gods

“#gods is a mystery, an excavation of myths, an index of modern life, a gay coming-of-age story, an office satire, a lyrical fever dream, a conspiracy. One of the most ambitious novels in recent memory—and a wild, possibly transformative addition to the canon of gay literature—it contains multitudes, and seethes with brilliance.” —Mark Doten, author of The Infernal

“Matthew Gallaway’s #gods is a novel so brilliant, so funny, so full of strange and marvelous things, I couldn’t stop writing OMG WTF I <3 THIS SO MUCH in its margins. It’s rare to find a novel that so dazzlingly reinvigorates age-old meditations on faith and f&!*ing, art and eros. Luminous, enterprising, and sublimely cheeky, #gods tells the story, the myth, the dream of the human soul in all its glorious complexity.” —Suzanne Morrison, author of Yoga Bitch

“Matthew Gallaway’s storytelling manages to be both dreamy and serious; lean and luxurious. His words carry an incantatory power of mythic storytelling where beauty and savagery wrap around each other like bright threads in a gorgeous tapestry.” —Natasha Vargas-Cooper, author of Mad Men Unbuttoned: A Romp Through 1960s America

“If the ancient gods were just like us, only more so, then the same could be said for this strange, wonderful book, in which the mundane sorrows and small triumphs of very ordinary lives glow ever so slightly around the edges, sometimes quite literally. At once an oddly romantic send-up of dead-end office culture and an offbeat supernatural procedural, #gods is terrifically weird, melancholy, sexy, and charming.” —Jacob Bacharach, author of The Bend of the World

The Metropolis Case

'It’s to the credit of Matthew Gallaway’s enchanting, often funny first novel that it doesn’t require a corresponding degree of obsession from readers, but may leave them similarly transported: the book is so well written — there’s hardly a lazy sentence here — and filled with such memorable lead and supporting players that it quickly absorbs you into its worlds.'

-- The New York Times

Music: Death Culture at Sea and Saturnine

Listen or download songs and records from my indie-rock past with Saturnine here and Death Culture at Sea here.

Music Video: Remembrance of Things Past

Watch the rock opera Remembrance of Things Past written and performed by Saturnine and Frances Gibson, starring Bennett Madison and Sheila McClear.

Video: The Chaos Detective

The Chaos Detective is a series about a man searching for 'identity' as he completes assignments from a mysterious organization. Watch the first episode (five parts) on YouTube.

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