Next Screening: Cuaron’s “Roma,” not “Fellini Roma”

But yeah, it’s “Fellini-esque,” or promises to be. Plainly the inspiration for it, and thus its title, comes from Federico. 

This black and white personal epic (growing up in Mexico City and environs in the ’70s) looks expensive, but it wasn’t. “Roma” is just the sort of high minded “art” content Netflix is smart spending its money on.

They may get more first weekend traffic from their half-hearted sci-fi or horror, but the genres where there is a niche they can fill — indie dramas and romances, rom-coms — are what I hope they’ll throw money at.

Alfonso Cuaron is the most prestigious “brand name” director they’ve rewarded so far. This looks wonderful. Comes to Netflix next month, and it has awards season pretensions, too.

Unlike that Coen Brothers “Buster Scruggs” bust.

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