Those who know me best know that I have more than a slight problem with the films of Steven Spielberg. The mommy/daddy issues, his cheap overuse of child-in-peril moments, and his utter lack of subtlety. (But I don't wish to open that can of worms now.) Yet his 2002 biopic, Catch Me If You Can, hit all the right notes (even if it did have its fair share of mommy/daddy issues.) This was Spielberg working in a classic-Hollywood vein, and it begins with the opening credits, which are an homage to Saul Bass, brilliantly executed by Kuntzel & Deygas.
The noise this week in film-land is of course the Cannes Film Festival, and no other film has attracted even a tenth of the attention given to Lars von Trier's Antichrist, which left viewers shocked, angry, disgusted, etc. Naturally there were the old cries of "misogynist", which, as in the past, are terribly misguided. I've been searching for an article I read some years back that filters LvT's alleged misogyny through the philosophy of Luce Irigaray -- if I find it I'll post something about it. While it's true I haven't yet seen Antichrist, I'm confident Lars' ethos has remained the same.
This week -- something not dissimilar to Catch Me If You Can. But the question is -- original period piece, or throwback? Submit your answers to this address. Good luck!