In which the author watches as many Criterion uploads on Hulu (free for the last day) as possible in twelve hours, and logs his viewing as he goes. Read more here.
6am. It begins. After each film, I will upload a screen cap and compose a quick capsule at this spot. I will update this post accordingly, and retitle it each time until at the end of the day it assumes its final form. I'll also be tweeting. First up...
7:45am. A documentary on the screen "love goddesses" (flexibly defined to include Shirley Temple and Hayley Mills, but generally focused on vamps, ice queens, and sundry sex kittens) created just before the floodgates opened in the late sixties. There's a certain irony to the fact that only in 1965 could the cinema's historic sexuality be flaunted so openly. Full of many great clips - I was especially enticed by the hard-to-see Griffith Faust adaptation The Sorrows of Satan and the seductive ingenue Bette Davis in Cabin in the Cotton - the film has some chronological head-scratchers (somehow it's implied that the Depression occurred after the pre-Code talkies) and odd omissions (nice to see Brooks in Diary, but no Pandora's Box?!), yet it is generally enjoyable, and a great reminder that even in the sixties, screen sex was nothing new.
At the end, Obayashi quotes Vadim: "You can't live in dreams forever." Goodnight, and thanks for following.
This piece was re-ordered from earliest to latest, with some minor edits made, after midnight.