Remember Bubble Boy?  I delight in movie references within a movie and in Bubble Boy I enjoyed finding The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and The Graduate.  If any browser out there found other allusions, I would appreciate hearing from you.  I watched this film for the first time as a result of an Entertainment Weekly retrospective list of Jake Gyllenhaal milestones.  On the basis of Bubble Boy  I would not have predicted his career as a leading man with an Academy Award nomination, but he is effective here in a difficult role.  I am surprised by Leonard Maltin’s low rating for this comedy which is filled with film fun.

If Cleveland is reachable for you, I hope you are going every Wednesday through June 20 at 6:45 P.M. to the Cleveland Museum of Art where John Ewing is presenting Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film:  an Odyssey, based on Cousins’ own book on the history of our art      Personal highlights and pleasures for me thus far from this generously-clipped series:

–  the best look I’ve ever had at portions of Edwin S. Porter’s Life of an Amerian Fireman (1903)

–  clip from a beautifully restored Falling Leaves (Alice Guy, 1912)

–  recognition of Buster Keaton as THE greatest of the film clowns

–  emphasis on Carl Th. Dreyer’s Passion of Joan of Arc (1927)

–  good coverage of King Vidor’s The Crowd (1927).  If you are not familiar with this film, get familiar.

–  intelligent coverage of The Third Man

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I apologize for being a day late with this post.  NEXT POST May 21.

Coming soon to the screen nearest you, discussion of Abel Gance’s four and a half hour La Roue (1922-1924)/.

Bubble Boy                                          The Story of Film: an Odyssey
Blair Hayes                                           Mark Cousins
2001                                                      2011

See you at the movies,

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