A Hen in the Wind (1948, Japan, Ozu)
There’s a better way for a young mother to stay alive in post-war Japan than to sell off your last belongings. But don’t expect any thanks from your husband, who thinks a family can survive on nothing but good intentions while he’s been stuck in a POW camp. Watched it all.
Rogues’ Regiment (1948, USA, Florey)
And the award for least plausible Nazi Untergang scene goes to .. Watched: 8 minutes. I hope the war criminal they’re hunting turns out to be Vincent Price. He’s really starting to get the hang of his Evil Voice.
Road House (1948, USA, Negulesco)
This is something new – I love when that happens! What’s new is the way Ida Lupino walks into a bar, sits down by the piano, and sings like she thinks singing is pointless but can’t think of a reason not to. Everything bores her, but seeing as there’s nowhere else to go, she intends to chain smoke her way through life until something interesting happens. Watched it all.
A Southern Yankee (1948, USA, Sedgwick)
You can tell this is a comedy because the title sequence summarizes the story with the use of cute caricatures. Watched: 4 minutes.
Rope (1948, USA, Hitchcock)
Two men kill their friend just to see what it feels like. It feels good. Rope is maybe my favorite movie ever. I rewatch it every chance I get, and it’s comforting to know that, even if I hadn’t discovered it already, I would have today. Watched it all.