Thursday, May 27, 2010


Oleanna is a confounding film made by David Mamet in 1994. Starring William H. Macy, it is essentially a two-man play brought to the screen. It tells of a female student going to her professor to ask for help in the class, and then later accusing him of sexual harassment. The dialogue, though written by Mamet, is redundant and seems never ending. It is also maddening because although it is obvious that both sides should have merit, it seems obvious that the professor is the victim and the student is actually the predator. Due to the lengthy dialogue and the staginess, this film seems to go on forever though the Mametspeak is fun.