Sony has slipped out Jacques Demy’s rare and beautiful “Model Shop” as part of their latest batch of “Martini Movies” — a concept I’m still not clear on, but any excuse to smuggle a forgotten gem like this onto DVD is a good one in my book. A review, plus a quick glance at Criterion/Eclipse’s new “Nikkatsu Noir” box can be found here in the New York Times.
I’ve been in Venice since Wednesday, as a guest of the 66th Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, aka the Venice Film Festival. If a gap ever opens up in the schedule, I’ll try to post some notes, but for the moment, I’d say the highlights have been “Accident,” a moody thriller from Johnny To’s Milky Way productions directed by Soi Cheang; “Life During Wartime,” Todd Solondz’s delayed sequel to “Happiness”; and “Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story,” a seamless blend of popular melodrama and genuinely courageous politics from Egypt’s Yousry Nasrallah.
Less impressive: Patrice Chereau’s tedious “Persecution,” Werner Herzog’s campy “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” and Giuseppe Tornatore’s predictably shallow and crudely manipulative “Baaria.” Michael Moore’s faux naif “Capitalism: A Love Story” is mainly notable for the absurd lengths Moore goes to in order to avoid pronouncing the potentially audience-alienating word “socialism” — as in the film’s stated moral, “The opposite of capitalism is democracy.”