Saturday, January 19, 2008


Right now, I am working on my review of the new release of Alf Sjöberg's adaptation of Miss Julie (#416). I have been excited for this DVD since it was announced, having fond memories of having read some August Strindberg plays when I was in college. Their impact stayed with me to such a degree, that when I needed to reference a play that a young actress might be starring in a revival of in my novel Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?, I chose Miss Julie.

At the time I was looking over the final proofs for that book, Peter Becker posted an entry on the Criterion blog about different places that films from the collection were popping up. Being fully aware of how reference-laden my own work is, and how those references tend to correspond to things I enjoy, I decided that during my last read-through, I'd make a list of the Criterion movies that get mentioned in Horizon. So, for my own self-indulgent edification, here it is:

I vitelloni (#246)
Mr. Arkadin (#322)
The Third Man (#64)
Hiroshima, Mon Amour (#196)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (#55)
Rebecca (#135)
The Lady Vanishes (#3)
The Face of Another (#395)

I also invoke the name of Ingmar Bergman in reference to his private island, as well as Jean-Luc Godard. Let's hope we finally see a DVD release of the film discussed, Two or Three Things I Know About Her, sometime soon.

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