#849: Passing / Eternals / Bright Star (Campion #7)


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For her debut as a director, actor Rebecca Hall takes Nella Larsen’s 1929 novella about race and identity and turns it into a meditation on the many ways that people “pass” as a means of denying or disguising the truth. Adam and Josh praise the film as a showcase for stars Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson, and for Hall's emergence of a gifted new filmmaker. Adam wasn’t able to make the weekend’s big release, Marvel’s ETERNALS, but Josh did and was pleased to find plenty of director Chloé Zhao in the film’s bloated running time. Unfortunately, Zhao’s Malickian instincts are forced to compete with the leaden necessities of the franchise. Plus the final film in the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view, 2009's BRIGHT STAR, with Campion bringing an uncharacteristic gentleness to her story of the great love and last years of poet John Keats.

0:00 - Billboard

1:15 - Review: "Passing"

Leonard Cohen, "Suzanne"

30:23 - Josh: "Eternals"

37:02 - Next Week / Notes

47:51 - Polls

57:36 - Jane Campion #7: "Bright Star"

1:21:38 - Outro / Outtake

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