Sony Pictures Home Entertainment finally does right by the Queen of Columbia with a nice box set of Rita Hayworth vehicles, which includes the two Charles Vidor classics “Cover Girl” and “Gilda” (though surely both of those would merit Blu-ray releases) as well as newly remastered versions of Victor Saville’s “Tonight and Every Night” (1945), William Dieterle’s “Salome” (1953) and Curtis Bernhardt’s “Miss Sadie Thompson” (1953). My New York Times review is here.
The National Society of Film Critics voted on Saturday, and the results were largely in line with the other major critics groups: a powerful drift toward “The Social Network,” with “Carlos” leading the charge for foreign language films. One nice surprise was the best actress award for Giovanna Mezzogiorno, of Bellochio’s “Vincere.” There was nothing for local boy Darren Aronofsky, whose “Black Swan” seems to be encountering some serious critical backlash. With its elaborate backstage metaphors and overscaled female characters struggling with mysterious primal forces, it’s a film that kept reminding me of golden age Jacques Rivette, but these days we seem to prefer our anima in the more benign form of Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in “The Kids Are All Right.” The complete results of the NSFC voting can be found at www.nationalsocietyoffilmcritics.com, a site that bears a curiously strong resemblance to this one.
Finally, by popular demand (by which I mean, Blake’s), here a link to my NYT obit for Hideko Takamine.