Author Spotlight

Michael Wood

Michael Wood is the author of America in the Movies; Film: A Very Short Introduction; and Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much.

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Fellini Satyricon: Not Just Friends
Fellini Satyricon: Not Just Friends

Federico Fellini’s fragmentary and picturesque tale of death and debauchery in ancient Rome is a surreal take on reality.

By Michael Wood

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The Great Dictator: The Joker and the Madman
The Great Dictator: The Joker and the Madman

In 1938, Charles Chaplin deposited with the Library of Congress a script for a film to be called The Dictator, and told the press it was a project in which he would play a double role. He clearly had Hitler in mind, and a headline in the English ne…

By Michael Wood

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Remembrance of Things Past:
The Leopard

Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s novel The Leopard had a hard time finding a publisher but was well-known by the time Luchino Visconti began working on his film of the same name. The book appeared in Italy in 1958 and was subsequently translated into many l…

By Michael Wood


Simon of the Desert:
Damned If You Do . . .

A good friend of Luis Buñuel’s suggested in conversation that the director was likely to be damned twice: once for being an atheist, and once for joking about it on his deathbed. The friend, a priest, certainly knew what he was talking about, but …

By Michael Wood


Missing:
“Who Would Care About Us If We Disappeared?”

The films of Constantin Costa-Gavras are often described as political thrillers, and the phrase is helpful as long as we pause over it a little. There is always a strongly personal element to his stories, a human factor, and the thrills are in the po…

By Michael Wood


Viridiana: The Human Comedy

Luis Buñuel shot Viridiana in the early months of 1961, in his native Spain. It was the first film he had made there since his departure for the United States and Mexico in 1939, and he was much criticized for embarking on this return at a time when…

By Michael Wood