Misery – 1990 Reiner


Rob Reiner is responsible for two of the very best Stephen King adaptations- 1990’s Misery and 1986’s Stand by Me. Both are part of Reiner’s phenomenal streak of good movies going from 1984’s This is

Misery – 1990 Reiner2021-02-28T14:50:34+00:00

Lydia – 1941 Duvivier


Julien Duvivier’s Lydia can’t quite be called a remake of Un Carnet de Bal (also known as Christine from 1937). Duvivier remade a number of his silent films into talking films—but this is more a

Lydia – 1941 Duvivier2021-02-05T16:01:14+00:00

Force Majeure – 2014 Östlund


Force Majeure centers around a 3-minute shot that starts at the 11-minute mark. This Swedish family is sitting at an outdoor restaurant at a ski resort when an avalanche starts heading towards them. The man

Force Majeure – 2014 Östlund2021-02-28T12:51:11+00:00

Un carnet de bal – 1937 Duvivier


With Pépé le Moko coming out earlier in 1937—it certainly appears that this is at least the brightest of Julien Duvivier’s star—the moment he had the most clout and stature The narrative plays out similarly

Un carnet de bal – 1937 Duvivier2021-02-28T17:19:29+00:00

The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond – 1960 Boetticher


Budd Boetticher is only one year removed from his best work- 1959’s Ride Lonesome. So, you’d figure working with talented DP Lucien Ballard (The Wild Bunch) would yield better results The Rise and Fall of

The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond – 1960 Boetticher2021-02-07T13:25:33+00:00

Pépé le Moko – 1937 Duvivier


Pépé le Moko succeeds on three separate levels. First, Jean Gabin is undeniably commanding as the titular hero, gangster, and lover (this is largely a romance after all). The atmosphere of the Casbah of Algiers

Pépé le Moko – 1937 Duvivier2021-02-26T15:09:09+00:00

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

La tête d’un homme – 1933 Duvivier2021-02-24T13:33:26+00:00

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

Martin Eden – 2019 Marcello2021-02-18T14:20:36+00:00



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

Poil de carotte – 1932 Duvivier2021-02-01T17:41:41+00:00

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

David Golder – 1931 Duvivier2021-02-20T13:01:53+00:00

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

The Dig – 2021 S. Stone2021-05-03T14:07:41+00:00
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