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I May Destroy You
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Otto Preminger made several films that are rightfully considered classics, but this one is my favorite. This is an unusual and genuinely menacing film that plays psychological games with the viewer. Carol Lynley gives a rivetingly manic performance as a mother whose child is missing, but the film makes us question even that simple premise as we find that even reality cannot be taken for granted. Preminger has complete control of his craft and it shows in the masterful mise-en-scene. The disorienting soundtrack of uncanny woodwinds and syncopated jazz, and the genius bookends by Saul Bass tie the film together. If you enjoy psychological thrillers at all, this is a must watch.
Surrealist excoriation of the bourgeoisie and the catholic church that provoked riots at French cinemas. Before watching this, I'd had no idea Salvador Dali had collaborated on films. It's almost too opaque to process in a single viewing, but I'm sure this has to do with how much trouble a film with these themes would have been to get past censors in the '30s.