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Danny Peary

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Diabolique
Diabolique

After finishing Diabolique, heralded French director-screenwriter Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907–1977) confessed that all he had intended was to make a picture that would “amuse myself” and please a young girl who hid under the covers and asked he…

By Danny Peary

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Burn!

This rarely seen, overlooked gem, featuring what may be one of Marlon Brando’s most fascinating characterizations, was Gillo Pontecorvo’s worthy follow-up to his political masterpiece The Battle of Algiers. The brilliant radical Italian director …

By Danny Peary


The Wages of Fear

The Wages of Fear

One of cinema’s most revered thrillers, La Saliare de la Peur or The Wages of Fear is the acknowledged masterpiece of the brilliant French director Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907-77). It is also the film that made popular music hall singer Yves Montan…

By Danny Peary

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Shampoo

“Shampoo should do for hairdressers what Lady Chatterly’s Lover did for gameskeepers,” quipped critic Andrew Sarris about one of the seventies’ sexiest films, in which Warren Beatty reinforced his sex symbol image in the unlikely role of a Be…

By Danny Peary


Bad Day at Black Rock

It is 1945. For the first time in four years, the Southern Pacific stops in Black Rock.  A one-armed man named John J. MacReedy (Spencer Tracy) steps off the train. This brooding stranger makes the few residents who inhabit the town’s tumble-down …

By Danny Peary


The Last Picture Show

On its twentieth anniversary, Peter Bogdanovich’s critically-acclaimed, prize-winning piece is even more impressive thanks to the restoration of seven minutes of additional footage including a crucial sequence (a pool table seduction of Cybill Shep…

By Danny Peary


That Obscure Object of Desire

Luis Buñuel’s thirtieth and final film was adapted from Pierre Louys’ 1898 novel La Femme et le Pantin, about a respected gentleman who gives up everything, including his dignity, because of his obsessive love for a manipulative, heartless young…

By Danny Peary


The Lacemaker

Isabelle Huppert shot from minor actress to full-fledged French star with a mesmerizing performance as, ironically, a young woman who is incapable of escaping anonymity. In Swiss director Claude Goretta’s elegant, beautifully observed tragedy/chara…

By Danny Peary