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Dec 27, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

If this piece isn't fabulous, I don't need to be shown a piece that is fabulous.

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Dec 27, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

This bit was a full-on revelation about the human condition and also about what bugs me with respect to You've Got Mail.

"Because they are both aware of the depths of their own capacity for cruelty, and because they have reached those depths with one another, Stewart and Sullavan are transformed, and together they can safely abandon cruelty, which alone they could never do. Alone they can never resist their worst impulses; together they sail over them with ease."

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Dec 27, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

Strongly considering adding a framed copy of this perfect essay about my favorite Christmas movie to my Christmas decorations.

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Dec 27, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

My roommate decided I needed to see this movie for the first time this Christmas Eve. I'm not a Christmas movie person, but this also isn't really a Christmas movie--it's set at Christmas because it's set in a shop and that's convenient. I studied a lot of Russian lit in college and from the very first scene, all I could think was, "This is so Eastern European." Consequently, I adored it.

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Dec 27, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

Thank you so much for this fantastic discussion of one of my favorite Lubitsch movies. I think the way in which many 1930s romantic comedies got remade in the 90s gives us a fascinating look into Hollywood, the different conceptions of romance of the two eras, etc. You've deftly investigated a lot of reasons that many of those remakes miss the mark of the originals.

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The Shop Around the Corner has long been my favorite movie. This essay helped me see some of what made me like it so much. I found the insights in this piece enlightening and useful.

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Dec 27, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

Best thing I’ve read this month, and that’s really saying something. Thank you and happy new year.

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This essay melted my heart even after the holidays - thank you.

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brilliant!

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