La tête d’un homme – 1933 Duvivier


La tête d'un homme, also known as either A Man’s Neck or A Man’s Head is a superb seedy crime story. Duvivier’s camera is constantly floating around—Murnau-like mobility (this is before Ophuls and Duvivier is

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Martin Eden – 2019 Marcello


Martin Eden is a sweeping biopic transposing Jack London’s novel and setting it in Italy Pietro Marcello, like Kelly Reichardt and others, uses 16mm here. We’re at an interesting point in history when some are

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best film:  Fellini’s 8 ½ stands above the rest in 1963 but it isn’t by a wide margin. Kurosawa’s High and Low is right there as is The Leopard from Visconti. Kurosawa’s use of the


Poil de carotte – 1932 Duvivier


Julien Duvivier remade his own silent film here for Poil de carotte—Harry Baur is back again as Monsieur Lepic—the father of the title character (carrot top)—his son, who is an unloved child-- ignored by Baur’s

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David Golder – 1931 Duvivier


A biopic filled with cinematic bravado that would make for a good double-billing with Welles’ Citizen Kane made a decade later The first sound film for Julien Duvivier – already a veteran with 10+ silent

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The Dig – 2021 S. Stone


Simon Stone’s The Dig features stellar performances, magic-hour photography, and some reoccurring overhead shot choices Clearly Stone is an admirer of Malick- sun flares on the lens, the camera pushing through the blades of grass

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Judas and the Black Messiah – 2021 S. King


With Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield and even to a lesser degree here Jesse Plemons- Judas and the Black Messiah features three of the most talented male actors under the age of 35 It is based

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best film: Lawrence of Arabia from David Lean The most epic of epics. Lean’s ability to capture the breathtaking locations with 65mm/70mm photography is simply unmatched in cinema history. Like Citizen Kane, Lawrence of Arabia starts with


Memories of Underdevelopment – 1968 Gutiérrez Alea


It is fascinating that the two words in the title “Memories” and “Underdevelopment” describe the two distinct facets of Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s work. You can draw a direct line between Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour

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Vitalina Varela – 2019 Costa


Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela is one of the most visually accomplished films of the of the 2010’s. With Horse Money in 2014 he shifted to higher definition video photography (Vitalina is pristine – immaculately crisp),

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Horse Money – 2014 Costa


Horse Money is easily Pedro Costa’s greatest triumph to date in 2014 In many ways it is similar to his previous work—his Fontainhas trilogy (which has now been expanded beyond a trilogy because all of

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best film: You couldn’t go wrong choosing either Last Year at Marienbad from Resnais or Ozu’s The End of Summer. A convincing case could be made for Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad to be called

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