Jules Dassin: Night and the City
In the late 1940s, Hollywood director Jules Dassin made a string of fine films noir. However, he was blacklisted and, as quickly as he could, travelled to London to continue his film career before it was put to death. There he directed 1950’s Night and the City. Today, The Criterion Collection has upgraded their old DVD release of the film, and you can pick it up in a lovely new edition. Trevor reviews the film and the new Criterion Blu-ray. Read the full post.
CriterionCast Episode 162: Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Double Life of Véronique
Once again, I had the great pleasure of joining Scott Nye and David Blakeslee over at The CriterionCast, this time to discuss Krzysztof Kieslowski’s 1991 film, The Double Life of Veronique. Read the full post and find a link to the podcast.
Anton Chekhov: The Prank
This week NYRB Classics published Anton Chekhov’s The Prank, the first book Chekhov put together and tried to publish when he was only twenty-two years old. But he failed, thanks to the censors, and the book was never published: until now, in English, the first time in any language. Translated from the Russian by Maria Bloshteyn and accompanied by illustrations by Chekhov’s brother Nikolai, The Prank is not only an important book but also an absolute delight on its own, outside of its historical magnitude and the magnitude of its author. This is no mere curiosity. Read the full post.
The Eclipse Viewer Episode 31: Pearls of the Czech New Wave Part I
David and Trevor are back with The Eclipse Viewer 31: Pearls of the Czech New Wave Part I. Read the full post and get the link to the podcast.