Monday, January 09, 2006

#26: Vanya on 42nd St (Louis Malle, 1994)


Because you should only ever see it once.

8 comments:

David Shultz said...

Have you really only seen it once?

tim r said...

So far, though I'm bound to end up breaking my own rule at some later point. It's just too good. But it's about the ephemerality of great theatre, so I think you can hold on to an especially poignant memory of it if you just let it work its magic that single time - let the actors step out into the night, as it were, never to come back.

That's what makes the film special to me, anyway. Perhaps I should more honestly prescribe a really long gap between viewings...

JavierAG said...

Ha.

Nick Davis said...

From my haven of seclusion (soon to end, thank God!): I think it's a lovely idea to only see this once, though I assure you, when/if you ever do return to it, the film doesn't lose anything. I think I've seen it four or five times, and I have a different experience of it every time, all of them wonderful.

Cookie said...

Good to see "Vanya" so high in your poll. The moment when the actors slip from chit-chat to the rehearsal proper is the definition of sublime. I actually gasped in the cinema. And special mention for the I HEART NY mug surely?

Cookie said...

And while we're at it: Brooke Smith Is God - Discuss

tim r said...

No discussion necessary. You've nailed it.

tim r said...

Nick - come out of your seclusion and play!