Image of the Day: Annals of Late Capitalism

on November 08, 2010 by Steve Simels

From Duplicity (Tony Gilroy, 2009): Rival captains of industry Paul Giamatti and Tom Wilkinson demonstrate what the invisible hand(s) of the Free Market are actually up to at any given moment.


I should add that I belong to the (apparently) small sub-species of humanity that believes that Duplicity -- a Stanley Donen-esque caper starring the (one would think) irresistible pairing of Julia Roberts and Clive Owen which did at best indifferent business -- is one the most intelligent and sharply written romantic comedies of the last couple of seasons. I'll go even further out on a limb here and say that the scene where Roberts, as an ex-CIA agent turned double-dealing corporate spy, debriefs the vulnerable office drone (Carrie Preston) who confesses to having been  seduced by Owen (theoretically Robert's partner both in crime and between the sheets) is one of the funniest things I've ever seen. The slightly pained expression Roberts wears throughout it -- somewhere between existential nausea and the kind of slow burn patented in the 30s and 40s by Edgar Kennedy -- should all by itself cement Roberts' reputation as the deftest farceuse working in films today.

Tags: Duplicity, Paul Giamatti, Julia Roberts

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