Tokyo Olympiad: The Wind Passing Through the Flagpoles
Kon Ichikawa aimed to show “the sweat” and “the pathos” of athletic ambition in this monumental documentary, the most extravagant Olympic film to date.
Teorema: Just a Boy
Pier Paolo Pasolini’s seemingly irreconcilable allegiances to Marx, Freud, and Jesus Christ come to the fore in this radical provocation, which marks the midway point of the polymathic artist’s filmmaking career.
Panique: Panic Attack
Upon returning to France after a period of self-exile in Hollywood, Julien Duvivier adapted a Georges Simenon novel into this noirish critique of the dangers of mob mentality during wartime.
Muriel, or The Time of Return: Ashes of Time
Time is both inescapable and irretrievable in Alain Resnais’s boldly disorienting masterpiece, which stars Delphine Seyrig as a widow haunted by her memories of World War II.
Intentions of Murder: Eros and Civilization
Early in Shohei Imamura’s Intentions of Murder, the librarian Riichi distractedly peruses Herbert Marcuse’s Eros and Civilization while conversing with his clinging mistress, Yoshiko. One can read the reference in many ways: as a glancing jest, a…
The Face of Another: Double Vision
After making his international reputation in the sixties with a series of eerie existential parables written by Kobo Abe and scored by Toru Takemitsu, and then losing it with the raw, uncharacteristic Summer Soldiers (1972), the increasingly reclusiv…
Au hasard Balthazar
Godard’s famous claim that Au hasard Balthazar is “the world in an hour and a half” suggests how dense, how immense Bresson’s brief, elliptical tale about the life and death of a donkey is. The film’s steady accumulation of incident, charac…