Author Topic: #742: Being John Malkovich at 20/Dietrich-Von Sternberg #4 - The Scarlet Empress  (Read 179 times)


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In 1999, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH marked the auspicious debut of two geniuses: screenwriter Charlie Kaufman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Synecdoche, NY") and director Spike Jonze ("Where the Wild Things Are," "Her"). 20 years later, the movie remains surprising and innovative, and its concerns - artistic fulfillment and artistic exploitation - feel as current as ever. Adam and Josh revisit MALKOVICH as part of their 9 From '99 series, and wrap up their Marlene Dietrich-Josef von Sternberg Marathon with 1934's (preposterous? preposterous on purpose?) THE SCARLET EMPRESS and the marathon awards, "The Boas."
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For the record, I've heard the line about the donation-seeker being slapped in the face and answering calmly "that was for me, and what for my poor?" associated with a number of religious figures. I think I've heard it first ascribed to Vincent De Paul. It's kind of hard to google, but I found a similar story ascribed to a rabbi and to another Catholic nun saint. So it's not Kornroff/McGeary line, but a kind of meme ascribed to various people to emphasize both their holiness and wit.