Fade To Orange: Michelle Orange’s Random Film Links


At my old stomping grounds, The Reeler, there is a great interview with Arnaud Desplechin, the French director of the excellent A Christmas Tale, current sweetheart of the critical set.

At Film Comment Desplechin interviews his star, Catherine Deneuve, about the film, her directors, dating a communist, her regrets over a missed rendez vous with Hitchcock, and dying her hair blonde in a “gesture of love” for Marilyn Monroe.

There’s more Hitch at Directorama, a comic about movie director heaven. I liked this episode, in which Ingmar Bergman, temporarily transformed into the Hulk, lays waste to Roberto Rossellini while Zapruder films and Hitchcock frets. But kick around a bit, it’s fun; the author, Peet Gelderblom just published his first book. [via The House Next Door]

J. Hoberman takes the full measure of Steven Soderbergh’s Che at the Virginia Quarterly Review. He spends some time on Albert Korda’s iconic photo (and its reappropriation as a “capitalist tool”), the 1969 film Che!, with Omar Sharif as Guevera and Jack Palance as Fidel Castro, and mentions Guevera’s status as a romantic hero of the extreme left: one-time salon communist Graham Greene felt Guevera  “represented the idea of gallantry, chivalry, and adventure in a world more given up to business arrangements between the great world powers.”

More web wormhole than film link, but check it out: a few weeks ago I was researching Greene for an assignment and came across this bizarre, slightly sweaty piece of fan fiction by Paul Theroux. In “Greene,” a photographer named Miss Pratt meets with Graham Greene (“One look told me he had no boss, no rivals, no enemies, no deadlines, no hates; not a grumbler, not a taker of orders.”) at a bar to take his author photo. She comes to Greene highly recommended: in the story it is she, and not Korda, who took the famous Guevera shot: “It flattered him and simplified his face into an expression of suffering idealism. I had made him seem better than he was.” Weird!

Stephen Metcalf revisits Risky Business in a terrific piece for Slate, tracing Tom Cruise’s career through his role as a would-be Hitler-killer in this week’s Valkyrie and offering a compelling argument for the end of his relevance, if not his career. Speaking of Hitler-killing, here’s a short story from an obscure Canadian journal on the subject: two guys use a time machine to kill the Fuhrer. Things go awry.

See Also: Lawrence Lessig and 3Quarks Daily

Michelle Orange's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Nation, The Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney's and other publications and has been collected in The Best Sex Writing 2006 and Mountain Man Dance Moves. She is the author of The Sicily Papers and the editor of From the Notebook: The Unwritten Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, a collection found in issue 22 of McSweeney's. Follow her on Twitter @michelleorange. More from this author →