Patrick Preziosi

critic // bylines in mubi notebook, photogénie, screen slate, ultra dogme, the quietus, in review online, little white lies, etc etc

Favorite films

  • Limelight
  • Remember the Night
  • Night and Day
  • The Last Bridge

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  • Artemide's Knee

    ★★★★★

  • Easy Living

    ★★★★★

  • Wait and See

    ★★★★

  • Hester Street

    ★★★★

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  • Hail the Conquering Hero

    Hail the Conquering Hero

    ★★★★★

    “As in much of Sturges’s work to this point, the humor grows in proportion to how maddening the circumstances are, and those circumstances are played terrifyingly straight, wound so tight it’s surprising that any number of the players don’t burst a blood vessel on screen. The film is a strange variation on the themes of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), in which the protagonist is innately good but buckles under the town’s estimation of him. To impart that…

  • The Gun Hawk

    The Gun Hawk

    ★★★★½

    Further proof that a film’s inborn cheapness can encourage a director’s most simple and pure temperament. The setups are so simple here, the interiors and exteriors look like cardboard, and yet all the players are perfectly arranged, and they’re lit like they’re within an eternal sunset. Its mythical poeticism is so plainspoken that one can’t bemoan its theatricality, considering how the climax is constructed, with two lawmen inhabiting godlike postures from a ridge over the aptly titled Sanctuary, the last edenic outpost of the West, squabbling as the human folly of what they’ve created plays out below.

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  • France

    France

    ★★★★½

    Neo-neorealism, because what is modern realism if not outwardly acknowledging the process that allows it to claim such a distinction? Like the photo-negative of Rossellini’s Europa ’51, a paragon of status and celebrity only achieves more, following a fairly quotidian accident that leaves Léa Seydoux internally shaken nevertheless. The ubiquitous desire to manufacture and package “the real” drives this entire film, each marvelous smash/match-cut a continued compounding of facilitated distances within spaces that only continue to encroach upon one another: war zones and resorts, the newsroom and the field, the camera and “the camera”.

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    Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

    I love being indie