Attitude Glow

Jonathan Demme‘s Rachel Getting Married (Sony Classics, 10.3) “is endlessly sociable, with people crowding the camera as if in a documentary, yet sometimes you want that camera to draw back and watch them from a distance — to see how they mill around in the frame rather than shifting the frame itself.

“The wedding party is the ultimate guide to Demme’s benign vision: the groom is black, the bride is white, she and her bridesmaids are dressed in saris, nobody so much as mentions race, and the officiating priest is played by Demme’s cousin, Father Robert Castle, about whom he made a fine film, Cousin Bobby, in 1992. I
“I don’t know if there were any Republican voters involved in this movie, but, if so, it must have been a lonely time. Just imagine if the rest of the crew found out. They would pin you down and sing to you until you changed your mind.” — from Anthony Lane‘s review in the current New Yorker, dated 10.6.08.

4 thoughts on “Attitude Glow

  1. So, if a film has an interracial romantic relationship, the narrative or dialogue needs to acknowledge that the two have different skin colors? Good to know. People have silently been praying for films where interracial relationships are treated in the same manner as white/white or black/black relationships. The “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”‘s of the world will one day be looked as anthropological relics of a primitive time, and I’m all for that.
    By the way, has anyone listened to “Dear Science”, the new record by costar Tunde Adebimpe’s band TV on the Radio? I was disappointed at first (it seemed like a step in the wrong direction from “Return to Cookie Mountain”) but on repeated listens, it’s turning into one of my favorites of the year.

  2. Holy shit p.Vice just said something shockingly apt. DEAR SCIENCE is winning me over, but it will take a lot of spins for it to equal VAMPIRE WEEKEND, CARTER III or BRIGHTER THAN CREATION’S DARK (drive by truckers) in my esteem among my favorite of the year.

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