Trouble in Paradise
Witty, wonderful, wacky Lubitsch at his best. His daughter worked at KCRW!
I always cry at the end, then go out for pasta and cheap red wine.
Children of Paradise
You can hear J.-L. Barrault cry “Garance!” from the other side of the world.
The Wages of Fear
The suspense is mesmerizing, even paralyzing.
Woman in the Dunes
It’s as much an impressionist painting as it is a film.
This great film was made back when Olympic athletes were regular folk.
You’ll never watch a conductor the same way after seeing this great Preston Sturges film.
And God Created Woman
I saw this movie as an adolescent in the late fifties, at the Bay Theatre in Pacific Palisades, and it made me feel strange things I’d never felt before . . . I also thought that Brigitte Bardot was the number-one sex kitten on earth.
Ali Abbasi’s Top 10
It’s no surprise that the director of the wildly unpredictable Border, Sweden’s entry for the best foreign-language film Oscar, has a soft spot for renegades like Pasolini, Buñuel, and Lynch.