An Autumn Afternoon: A Fond Farewell
It was never, of course, Yasujiro Ozu’s intention that An Autumn Afternoon (1962) should be the final film of his thirty-five-year career as a writer-director. Indeed, before he died on his sixtieth birthday, in December 1963, he had made not…
Une chambre en ville: Love and Death
Combining a tragic romance and the story of a workers’ strike, this musical melodrama is perhaps Jacques Demy’s most neglected masterpiece.
The Kid with a Bike: Motion and Emotion
The Dardenne brothers return to the streets of Seraing for a typically humane and suspenseful story of personal redemption.
The Magician: Through
a Glass Drolly
Ingmar Bergman’s Ansiktet (1958)—the title literally translates as The Face, though in North America it was released as The Magician—is arguably one of his most underrated achievements. Its undeservedly lowly standing may perhaps be attribute…
Stranger Than Paradise: Enter Jarmusch
Very few movies count as truly significant milestones in the development of American “indie” cinema during the last quarter of the twentieth century. They include Eraserhead (1977) and Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979), as early trailblazers; S…
Eric Rohmer and the Six Moral Tales
In terms of consistency of both the content and form of his films, Eric Rohmer is without a doubt one of the most distinctive auteurs in the history of cinema. As with Japan’s Yasujiro Ozu, within minutes—seconds, even—of starting to watch on…