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March 27, 2020

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Next time how about adding "The Stranger" by and with Orson Welles -the great man at his most sinister, controlled, subtle, derailing a suburban idyll, with E.G. Robinson a perfect, wily foil.

Great suggestion. Robinson and Welles are at their best. I wouldn't call it a "suburban idyll," as it takes place in a picture-postcard Connecticut village, site of an exclusive boys' prep school. Loretta Young's father is a supreme court justice. I wrote about the movie in my book about Paul de Man, "Signs of the Times," because of certain parallels between the Yale professor and the Welles figure (Franz Kindler, I think). Best moment: when Ed ward G. wakes up in the middle of the night and realizes who the Nazi is, because at dinner the night before he had said "But Marx wasn't a German, he was a Jew." --DL

And ,as always, Casablanca, Rebecca, Citizen Kane, Random Harvest, and remember? The Scarlet Pimpernal and That Hamilton Woman.

You're right. Thank you, Grace. -- DL

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