The River (1951)

The River (1951) In the aftermath of Edward Said’s “Orientalism” and Gayatri Spivak’s “Can the Subaltern Speak?” what can be said of Jean Renoir’s first Technicolor film, shot in documentary fashion on location in Bengal, with a mix of actors and local nonprofessionals? The emphasis on British colonial life through the eyes of Harriet, a … More The River (1951)

Charade (1963)

Charade (1963) What a surprise treat this Stanley Donen screwball comedy and spy thriller remains, whose plot twists not as cleverly as the wit between Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. Among the many murderous thieves are Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Dominique Minot, Ned Glass, and Jacques Mann, most of whom meet untimely ends, … More Charade (1963)

Mysterious Object at Noon (1997–1999)

  Mysterious Object at Noon (1997–1999) Apichatpong Weerasethakul documents where stories come from. “The Mysterious Object and the Dogfar story had been told and acted by the Siamese Villagers from the north to the south and ended in December 1998.” What results is an innovative deconstruction of narrative itself. Elvis Mitchell wrote, “Mr. Weerasethakul’s film … More Mysterious Object at Noon (1997–1999)