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What’s on TV Friday: ‘Song to Song’ and ‘Gypsy’


Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling in “Song to Song.”

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Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling star in Terence Malick’s “Song to Song,” about a musician whose dreams of success lead her into the beds of two men. And Naomi Watts plays a therapist whose walk on the wild side is way too tame for our critic’s enjoyment in “Gypsy.”

What’s Streaming

SONG TO SONG (2017) on iTunes and Amazon. In restless, moving images, like swirling leaves and expanding ripples of water, or in glassy shards of memory, the director Terence Malick tells the story of Faye (Rooney Mara), a musician navigating the scene in Austin, Tex., and her sometime lovers Cook (Michael Fassbender) and BV (Ryan Gosling). “It’s a beautiful, seductive show,” Manohla Dargis wrote in The New York Times, “an endless carnival (with little actual work or sweat) filled with jostling, occasionally colliding bodies that — whether playing onstage, thrashing in a mosh pit or seductively grinding on the floor — seem to be reaching, reaching, always reaching for something beyond these earthly, fleeting, sensual delights.” Patti Smith shows up, as do Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Holly Hunter, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, Lykke Li and Val Kilmer. There is “much to admire in ‘Song to Song’ and much to argue with, including its ideas about pleasure and women,” Ms. Dargis added. “This may not be a film to love, but it is a film to see.”


Billy Crudup and Naomi Watts in “Gypsy.”

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GYPSY on Netflix. Jean (Naomi Watts), a Manhattan therapist with a lovely personal life — a dreamy husband (Billy Crudup), lively daughter (Maren Heary) and beautiful Connecticut home — decides to flirt with danger in the form of a barista (Sophie Cookson), who happens to be the ex-girlfriend of one of her patients. But despite being elegant, sensitively acted and directed, and oozing with talent, the series that results from Jean’s walk on the wild side is “an utter snooze,” James Poniewozik wrote in The Times. “There’s nothing wrong with it except everything.”

What’s on TV

ANDREA BOCELLI — LANDMARKS LIVE IN CONCERT: A GREAT PERFORMANCES SPECIAL 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Mr. Bocelli performs at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, under the baton of Zubin Mehta, before taking Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on a tour of some of his favorite Tuscan locations, including his villa in the hills. Then it’s time for an impromptu jam session.

20/20: FREEWAY FURY 10 p.m. on ABC. With the holiday weekend coming up, this newsmagazine reports on rising incidents of road rage across the country, including several that turned fatal, and investigates state police efforts to curb anger behind the wheel.


Images of Christian Dior’s “New Look.”

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CHRISTIAN DIOR, LA FRANCE (2017) 11 p.m. on TV5Monde USA. Frédéric Mitterrand chronicles the life and times of the designer Christian Dior (1905-57) and the “New Look” that revolutionized the fashion world: a glamorous and youthful silhouette whose nipped-in waist and full skirt falling below midcalf emphasized the curves of the bust and hips. Part 2 airs on July 7.

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