Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood

This week The Criterion Collection released one of its landmark boxsets, Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood, which contains all six Hollywood films the director and star made together.

By | 2018-07-05T17:36:08+00:00 July 5th, 2018|Categories: Josef von Sternberg, Karin Wieland, Leni Riefenstahl, Marlene Dietrich|Tags: |0 Comments

Lino Brocka: Manila in the Claws of Light

Lino Brocka's 1975 film, Manila in the Claws of Light, is an important social parable played out on the real, gritty streets. It is easy to recommend The Criterion Collection's recent home video release of this strong film.

By | 2018-06-20T15:47:13+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Categories: Film Reviews, Lino Brocka|Tags: |0 Comments

Paul Schrader: Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Paul Schrader's Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is a beautiful film that engages beautifully with its complex subject, the Japanese author Yukio Mishima. The Criterion Collection recently released it on Blu-ray, and it's one of my favorite releases of the year . . . or ever.

By | 2018-05-29T15:09:49+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Categories: Film Reviews, Paul Schrader|Tags: |0 Comments

Carl Th. Dreyer: The Passion of Joan of Arc

Carl Th. Dreyer's 1928 silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc, is one of the most transcendent films I've ever seen. The new Criterion Collection release is a worthy edition and certainly will be in contention as one of my favorite releases -- film or book -- of 2018.

By | 2018-03-20T23:50:16+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Categories: Carl Th. Dreyer, Film Reviews|Tags: |2 Comments

Satyajit Ray: The Hero

This week The Criterion Collection released Satyajit Ray's 1966 film The Hero on home video. Now that I've seen it, Ray may have ousted Ingmar Bergman as my favorite director of all time. Maybe. Today, at any rate. Here I look at this surprisingly compassionate film.

By | 2018-02-22T14:10:36+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Film Reviews, Satyajit Ray|Tags: |2 Comments