According to Robert Lloyd, the Los Angeles Times television critic, the show is a “handsome thing, another well-dressed romp through the American mid-century, when things (we imagine) were simpler and (so we like to think) less sophisticated, but also more exciting. And it’s true that sexual naiveté of that age can seem incredible in […]
The documentary examines Truffaut’s life and career in astonishing totality, highlighting selected clips from many of his best and most-loved films, including under-appreciated gems like his crackerjack movie-within-a-movie, Day for Night, and his tender and insightful portrait of married ennui, Bed and Board. The layer of Truffaut’s generally affable public persona is also peeled […]
Nosferatu the Vampyre is a 1979 West German art house vampire film written and directed by Werner Herzog. Its original German title is Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (“Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night”).
The film is set primarily in 19th-century Wismar, Germany and Transylvania, and was conceived as a stylistic remake of the 1922 German Dracula adaptation, […]
An incandescent meditation on fate and chance, starring Irène Jacob as a sweet-souled yet somber runway model in Geneva whose life intersects with that of a bitter retired judge, played by Jean‑Louis Trintignant.
Another film I revisit often. This time to closely observe the cinematography by Slawomir Idziak.
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Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Blow-Up” opened in America two months before I became a film critic, and colored my first years on the job with its lingering influence. It was the opening salvo of the emerging “film generation,” which quickly lined up outside “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Weekend” […]
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Visually I’m influenced and nudged by the work of others, sometimes in non-visual arts even. The debt Lost In Translation owes to La Dolce Vita (Fellini 1960) is pretty clear, of course. In one scene the main characters are watching it in a hotel room on television.
The very first shot of the film (see […]
Kubrick’s final film was Eyes Wide Shut (1999), starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as a Manhattan couple on a sexual odyssey. Tom Cruise portrays a doctor who witnesses a bizarre masked quasireligious orgiastic ritual at a country mansion, a discovery which later threatens his life.
The story is based on Arthur Schnitzler’s 1926 Freudian novella […]