Post Road Magazine #27

Film Sonnet

James Franco

Wonderful whore, Deneuve, to flow
From the Polanski madness to Umbrellas to the housewife
With a penchant for sex. And in that one, I could watch
The john with the swordcane five million times.
His black hair and iron teeth. Good casting, Buñuel:
Pierre Clémenti, later he worked with Bertolucci
On the adaptation of Dostoevsky's The Double.
He's also in a little flashback in The Conformist.
In Belle de Jour, there is a shot of him and Deneuve
That starts on their faces as they make out on the bed,
Then the camera pans over their horizontal legs, to their feet,
At which point Pierre pushes the toe of one wicked black boot against the heel
Of the other, and the boot drops to the floor to reveal
A red sock with a hole at the end, his big toe snailing out.



Film Sonnet

James Franco

She begins brokenhearted. She is barred
From her apartment. She has nothing
To eat and walks around Paris one night
With a man she knew before her troubles.
He takes her to a diner and she sleeps with him
For money. First it was the one man and then
Many men. That's called prostitution.
It was easier to fall into everything
Once she had done it the one time.
Sontag called this film "near perfect."
Dreyer's La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc
Is stuffed in the middle, whole sections,
A film within a film, to align great suffering
With the suffering of the humble.

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