I had the same reaction. The book reads more like a novelization of the film, flat and half-baked.
Honestly, this is one of those films that, no matter the intent, should never be remade. I am literally peeling from memory original films that were remade that should never have been attempted: Rebecca, Psycho, Casablanca, Lady for a Day, Lost Horizon, Red Dust, Around the World in 80 Days, Time Machine, The Women,… Read more
Jean Simmons’ casting is basically the only way Black Narcissus is dated. If you’ve read the book you know that all the nun characters were quite racist. They confined those sentiments to Sister Ruth for the movie, as she is the villain. Pretty woke for 1947. The book was Godden’s first and while it was a bestseller… Read more
It shouldn’t have. The girl in her house and Sebastian never met, so there was no reason for her to think that. Meanwhile every other character who knew about him were constantly throwing on the thermal goggles to check if he was around.
So many of Paul Verhoeven’s films were prescient. Robocop about the takeover by big business of prisons, space travel and satellites, police and well, everything. Starship Troopers and war and blind patriotism ... and definitely whole lot more in these films of his and others.
Ppretty much Verhoeven's entire body of work can be considered an examination of toxic masculinity, particularly some of his Dutch language films. Even the supposed heroes in some of these are pretty nasty.
I think Kahn is really wonderful in Judy Berlin. It isn't a widely seen movie. I don't even know how to see it now. I remember renting it from Hollywood Video oh-so-long-ago. But 20 years later, I remember her performance more than anything else in that movie.
The more I hear about “cancelled people,” the more I think cancel culture should be a thing.
That’s exactly the point. Cancel culture doesn’t exist. These (mostly) thin-skinned people just feel they shouldn’t be criticized. It’s such a lame take.