Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Cary Grant's Eventual Daydream

She (1935)
directed by Lansing C. Holden & Irving Pichel
rating: 4 out of 5 cravats
on DVD from Netflix

If King Kong harnessed the rage of the suffering heart, what of words through the centuries? Books so countless that the library of Alexandria could burn to ash and no one know what he missed? Kong's clear expression is a kind of thoughtfulness, but what of the woman doomed to live with the memory of her great love, and then to relinquish him again, by choice, when he returns to her years later? Couldn't she, unlike Kong, say what was on her mind? Couldn't the movies find some trick to back her up, some spell of wind and light? And what if she lived in a world apart, somewhere north in the arctic circle, important for its isolation, but also for the great adventure required to get there?