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Thursday, August 18 2011

The 100 Essential Directors Part 6: Ernst Lubitsch to Vincente Minnelli

Today runs the gamut. Hollywood to indie art house, female perspective to male, screwball comedy to chamber drama. The odyssey from Ernst Lubitsch to Vincente Minnelli will provide illumination on how film's first special effects were used, how two brothers presciently preceded reality TV in the Hamptons, and why some directors prefer to work about once a decade on average...


Reviews

Wednesday, November 16 2011

The Seductive Jean-Paul Belmondo Gives Life to 'León Morin, Priest'

Jean-Pierre Melville directs a faith-based tale that reminds us that he only worshiped in the church of cinema.


Thursday, April 21 2011

Honor, Loyalty and Brotherhood in 'Le Cercle Rouge'

Each slug fired in Melville’s film carries heavy consequences. Most end in death, though for the ex-cop, Jansen, the firing of a bullet is a form of rebirth.


Thursday, December 11 2008

Le Deuxième Souffle

Melville’s entertaining crime thriller favors quiet suspense over ostentatious action.


Thursday, September 6 2007

Les Enfants Terribles

A partnership between the tough suspense artist Jean- Pierre Melville and the precocious Jean Cocteau might look odd, but the tensions and conflicts served the twisted, mythic world of Les Enfants Terribles rather nicely.


Wednesday, May 30 2007

Army of Shadows (1969)

A timeless and decidedly sober look at the desultory nature of everyday life during wartime.


Blogs

Friday, May 11 2012

'Le Doulos': Melville’s Game of Shadows

The appeal of Le Doulos among a line of top-tier Criterion restorations comes both in the film’s labyrinthine, double-cross laden script and some of the best noir cinemaphotography ever captured on film.


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