Latest piece for Notebook: What a Little Moonlight Can Do

Since seeing Moonlight a few weekends back, I haven’t been able to get it out my head. Its delicate humanism; James Laxton’s hauntingly intimate photography; the brilliant performances of the cast; Barry Jenkins’ masterful direction—this has all stayed with me since I reluctantly walked left the theatre on that balmy Saturday afternoon. The ushers had… Read More Latest piece for Notebook: What a Little Moonlight Can Do

Beautiful Music: Michel Legrand and Agnès Varda’s “Cléo from 5 to 7”

Agnés Varda’s second feature film (Cléo from 5 to 7 (1961) opens starkly, sans any musical overture, with an overhead shot of a tarot reading taking place. Two women are heard discussing the cards. A young woman, the eponymous Cléo (Corinne Marchand), chooses nine tarot cards—three to indicate the past, three for the present, three for… Read More Beautiful Music: Michel Legrand and Agnès Varda’s “Cléo from 5 to 7”