This important post-war film documents its convulsive recent past, ties it into a contemporary scene that we often forget was almost as convulsive and finally, unwittingly, links itself to still roiling convulsions of the film's distant future.
Newly restored by Milestone Films, Luchino Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi fratelli) is an epic of postwar Italy and a melodrama of seismic proportions boasting great photography and performances.
Whenever this movie threatens to get sexy or implies nudity, the story hastily goes back to two-fisted action.
Undercrank Productions and the Library of Congress add another diamond to our digitally rich era in these refurbished analog films of Thomas Edison's.
A guy walks into a bar, or rather a swordsman walks into an inn, and an anti-authoritarian swordfight ensues.
For viewers into the techniques of mise-en-scène, Kino Lorber's 4k digital restoration of Hitchcock's first Technicolor film, Under Capricorn, is one dazzlement after another.
Like many of the best comedies and tragedies, this Weimar-Era silent film understands how each mode is often a hair's breadth from the other.
With Víctor Erice's El Sur, we must console ourselves with a work whose haunting near-perfection becomes the source of its perfection.
The humor in this film goes hand-in-paw with the blunt, vulgar symbolism of a dog's lifted leg in the opening credits.
There's something about The Reincarnation of Peter Proud that keeps it lodged in the memory like a nasty splinter.
Kino Lorber's 4k restoration of King Hu's work brings the undeniable accolades "spellbinding" and "enchanted" to the fore.
Director Aki Kaurismäki feels a humanistic mission. His dryly humorous films about the small joys and victories of losers and drifters convey missives in which this sentiment is submerged under obstinate, absurd, classically framed dark humor.