Jeff Smith noon, March 8
More intoxicating Kapralik to lap
Miniature movies from the "shadow box" world of studio collagist, Jacques Kapralik
Given my recent two week archeological dig into the sacrosanct work of "shadow box" wizard, Jacques Kapralk, did anyone really think I'd limit the largess to one post?
For your delight, I present another handful of movies in miniature form the scissors of studio collagist, Jacques Kapralik, all digitally spruced up by his #1 fan.
The Best for last: Frank Borzage's The Mortal Storm:
Of all the M-G-M films to be given Kapralik's playful, shadowbox treatment none are more unlikely than Frank Borzage's dead serious anti-Nazi melodrama, The Mortal Storm. What laughs there are to be had are all in my mind. It's difficult for me to keep a straight face watching all-American heroes Robert Young, Robert Stack, Ward Bond, and Dan Dailey playing for the other side, sporting armbands and giving the old, "Sieg Heil!" And wait until you hear Young punch, "It was my doo-ty! Knowing how much I adore this film, I bear the brunt of shame laughing when I do. In this case, consider it my doo-ty!
James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan star as doomed lovers, fighting to escape Austria via the Karwendel Pass, knowing full well the chances of ever returning their once tight-knit family to its senses. Directed by the cinema's arch romantic, Frank Borzage, the last shot could be the most heart-wrenching, poignant image ever committed to film. After an Amberson's-worthy tour of their deserted home, the camera pulls out the front door and rests on the dead lover's footprints as they gradually fill with gently falling snow. Fade to black. Watch for it on Turner. Bring Kleenex.
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