Theme of the Month: The Razor's Edge
Star of the Month: Isabelle Adjani
Because July is the summer month in which my apathy hits a despicable year high, I figure the best way to keep myself away from outright
predictability in film watching is by focusing on movies that feature characters nearing a breaking point. Since all I find myself doing is working (at Jimmy John’s which is, surprisingly, the perfect summer job) and indulging myself in leisure and arrant gluttony, it’s best to complement my day to day existence with fiction that rings completely opposite of the current ways of my relaxed life.
For July, I want to participate in the viewing of movies superiorly about to break apart, mostly because of characters in them
that are at war with themselves. A lot of it is inspired by Isabelle Adjani’s fearless (and fearlessly physical) performance in 1981’s Possession, in which she portrays an unsettled housewife on the brink of losing her grip on her sanity. Possession was the second time I had basked in the presence of Adjani (the first being a few years ago with fizzy comedy romp Bon Voyage), but like being introduced to Monica Vitti and Jeanne Moreau for the first time, I suddenly find myself desiring to do little else besides getting to know her better by exploring her filmography.
Since Adjani, fittingly, oftentimes plays characters in various modes of crisis (she was nominated for an Oscar twice, and both saw her playing characters that are memorably psychologically fragile), she will, to my excitement, be the Star of the Month. And since she, along with other characters I’m hoping to meet over the course of the month, is on The Razor’s Edge of the commonplace between sanity and insanity (or, simply, sense of purpose and feeling of emptiness), that
provocative title (from W. Somerset Maugham’s novel of the same name) will serve as the overarching Theme of the Month.
But because I’ve also had a great time spending June with Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, and because I’ve recently become obsessed with the brilliant Hollywood Golden Age centered podcast “You Must Remember This” (hosted by the incredible Karina Longworth), expect that I’ll continue trying to watch and review movies that made a quiet impact during the days when Louis B. Mayer was king. Modern films are always a top priority, but my youthful inclination toward classic studio pictures is having a sudden resurgence. Hope you’re as eager as I am. Happy watching, and happy reading!