Isabella An

  • Iain Softley’s film,¬†Wings of a Dove, is such a beautiful, melancholic masterpiece. However, I suppose a lot of movies have this sense of melancholy and bittersweetness to them when they’re adaptations to […]

    • People didn’t agree with your assessment of Helena Bonham Carter’s performance: it was nominated for an oscar and for a screen actor’s guild prize. Her face is not emotionless at all: she is clearly holding back from expressing the emotions we know she is feeling.

      The screenplay presents Kate as the worldly wise adult who is always balancing the conflicting demands of her aunt, her father, and her lover, and suddenly (she sees Milly emerging from the consulting office of a radiologist and draws conclusions) seeing a way to marry Merton rather than Lord Mark without impoverishing herself, if Merton can “be nice” to Milly in ways that will ultimately free both Merton and her (Kate) from Aunt Maud’s plans.

      It changes James’s plot in one not too subtle way: it’s clearly shown to be Kate who tells Lord Mark that she is secretly engaged to Merton, and the film also presents a reason why she does so that is not in the novel: Merton’s letters back to Kate suggest that he is actually falling in love with Milly rather than just sorry for her. What I’d say is that the film balances the moral accounts in ways that the book doesn’t: all three characters are in a state of denial in terms of what the shift from a twosome to a threesome is going to cost. If that’s vague, I can expand on it.

  • Jack Clayton’s 1961 film, The Innocents, is eerie and haunting with many little details synchronized so well together, it creates this ominous labyrinth for the audience to explore and continuously wonder about […]

    • I think we need to allow The Uncle’s lines to represent HIS character rather than Miss Giddens’s. He is the one who is being “seductive” in using the language that normally would belong to a marriage proposal in making Miss G a job offer. Both he and Peter Quint are referenced when Mrs. Grose says “He always liked them young and pretty” after which she talks about his “devil of an eye” and then, realizing that her reference had shifted to the valet, confuses the issue by saying “the Master, no one else.” Similarly, Miles acts seductively toward Miss G, as we objectively see. It’s still possible that Miss G is having hallucinations, or imagining things, I think Capote’s screenplay is clearly designed to give us alternative explanations of what is going on at Bly.

  • This elaborate display of music is a very essential component for Holland’s “Washington Square” as it helps emphasize the emotional part of the drama unfolding. First off, the musical score in this movie is absolutely gorgeous. It’s so elegant and takes a shape all on its own as a language, as it expresses so many scenes which takes the…[Read more]

  • If it wasn’t already obvious from the title, in my eyes, William Wyler’s The Heiress was ultimately a tragedy as nobody wins in the end.The only thing that was gained was the bitterness and perception of a rich […]

  • I’m a Senior at a great college and I look forward to all the cool readings and movies we’ll watch this semester. I can’t wait to see what I’ll learn and it looks like it’ll be enjoyable. This is all I’m going to […]

  • I liked the description that your writing showed in this blog. Thanks to you and your words, I could vividly see all the contradiction that the dancer was. She did seem compulsive and yet, she was in complete control in her movements as she knew what she was doing. It was a beautiful paradox. I like your word choice like “nimbly,” “intertwined,”…[Read more]

  • I’m in love with that last sentence of your first paragraph. It’s so provocative and it promises so much in such a poetic line. And don’t worry, I won’t forget about the rest, the entire first paragraph was stupendous. Your lede was interesting; it sounds like you have a lot to choose from, but you just can’t decide. What you described in the…[Read more]

  • I liked your review, Sm. It was very logical and clear about what you took from the article. I thought your first few sentences was entertaining because it seemed like you were trying to say, “You’re a dummy if you didn’t get this, but if you need help then here’s what you need to do and the gist of it. You have an eloquent flow of writing that I…[Read more]

  • I liked your beginning paragraph; it was very relatable to the build up of watching a performance so, well done! It wasn’t really that much of a review though :/ . You were mostly describing what you were doing and feeling, but not much about what was happening around you, and when you did mention what was around you, you didn’t really mention the…[Read more]

  • After reading all those articles, what do you believe is the best type of lede? The one where it is informative, catches your attention, provokes new ideas, or a miraculous combination of the three. I think, no matter what type of writer we are, we try to do all three but ultimately lean towards the one we’re most comfortable with. You may have…[Read more]

  • This was a funny blog XD. I loved your honesty in the beginning, made your writing seem really fresh. I definitely appreciate your honesty. It seemed like you were really struggling and trying to comprehend instead of making up a story of your own. I’m glad that you found this amazing still and embraced the the confusion as part of the show, it…[Read more]

  • This was a funny blog XD. I loved your honesty in the beginning, made your writing seem really fresh. I definitely appreciate your honesty. It seemed like you were really struggling and trying to comprehend instead of making up a story of your own. I’m glad that you found this amazing still and embraced the the confusion as part of the show, it…[Read more]

  • This was a funny blog XD. I loved your honesty in the beginning, made your writing seem really fresh. I definitely appreciate your honesty. It seemed like you were really struggling and trying to comprehend instead of making up a story of your own. I’m glad that you found this amazing still and embraced the the confusion as part of the show, it…[Read more]

  • I enjoyed the descriptive language of this blog post very much. It was as if the details came alive as they took action. And the picture that you described of the dancer was so vibrant and colorful, it made me think of happiness and excitement when something curiously wonderful unexpectedly shows. It was a lot of fun to read. I could just read the…[Read more]

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