Bruno Barreto’s romantic charmer Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands is rich with sensuous detail that fills every scene with dizzying amounts of culture, music, and atmosphere.
Margaret Sullavan’s character in Next Time We Love is canonized for pursuing a successful career separately from her husband, wherever the heck he is.
James Whale’s pre-code comedy/romance, ‘By Candelight’ is a perfect example of Depression-era escapism into Art Deco consumer porn.
There are wild numbers in the raunchy pre-code 1934 musical Murder at the Vanities but “Sweet Marijuana” really stirred up the uptights. Paramount shrugged.
Netflix’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, directed by Carrie Cracknell, isn’t a disaster, it’s a dull reminder of the state of the streaming wars.
Director Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet talks with PopMatters about challenging the idea of cinema as an image-based art with her romantic comedy, Anaïs in Love.
Director Alli Haapasalo talks with PopMatters about the radical politics of Girl Picture and and calls for removing bias about queer and women’s stories.
When you need a break from today’s harsh realities, you need a film like the 1963 comedy/mystery/romance ‘Charade’, starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant.
Robert Siodmak’s Time Out of Mind, based on the novel by first National Book Award winner, Rachel Field, mixes gothic, classical, and literary elements in an unappreciated film.
Juliette Binoche talks with PopMatters about acting, understanding others, and her admiration for her character’s selfish nature in Both Sides of the Blade.