Film critic/writing biography of Agnes Varda
|La Règle du jeu
|The Best Years of Our Lives
|Singin' in the Rain
|Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
|Kiss Me Deadly
|Cléo from 5 to 7
|A New Leaf
Surreal comedy made in the USA at the same moment Andre Breton composed the Surrealist Manifesto in France.
La Règle du jeu
A stunning panorama of metropolitan and provincial, aristocrat and peasant, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, and a tale of two marriages that seems to sum up life in Europe just before World War II.
The Best Years of Our Lives
After fighting in World War II, a sailor, an aviator and a soldier return to their hometown and a world that has changed while they have been gone.
Different eyewitnesses each see a rape and subsequent murder from different points of view and come away with different stories of what transpired. Implicitly the film questions the idea of objective truth and wonders whether social or class bias affects memory.
Singin' in the Rain
Because dance and song and Technicolor communicate feelings that cannot be found in dialogue, acting and black-and-white.
Kiss Me Deadly
Film noir meets the atomic bomb.
Cléo from 5 to 7
Eloquent meditation on time that takes place in what appears to be real time, and an engaging portrait of a woman who comes to consciousness over a 90-minute period on the first day of summer.
A New Leaf
Dark comedy of a male gold-digger who wants to marry – and murder – a rich female botanist who knows everything about plant life and very little about human motives.
20th-century American history told through the life of a onetime petty criminal who becomes a religious leader and then a Civil Rights activist. Each stage of his life is shot like a different genre of film, powerfully acted by Denzel Washington.
A lyrical adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel about a Bengali family which becomes an American family that tends it cultural roots.
If you asked me on a different day there would be titles by Lois Weber and Alexander Korda and Billy Wilder and François Truffaut and Martin Scorsese and Francis Coppola and Amy Heckerling and Agnieszka Holland.