Monday, June 13, 2005

wrong turn aka detour

You have to watch Martin Scorsese talk about Edgar G Ulmer's Detour. And then you can give yourself a pat on the back for actually watching it. Wonderfully downbeat with lots of wipes, great dialogue, and a nice narrative (the traditional flashback, the voiceovers, the deaths, the confrontations, the ill coincidences, the works). A couple of other interesting bits: dialogue indicates that they were still on the British spelling (when did the nation shift to the abbreviated word list?); a reference to Emily Post; a fragment of dialogue ("...there was a greater distance between Sue and me ...") shows that people were more conscientious about their language back then ...

This is disc two in the five-DVD set that I'm ravishing right now [elsewhere: two other movies from the pack].

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