La Vérité (1960)

La Vérité (1960) Could Bardot act? Henri-Georges Clouzot slapped her to find out, and she slapped him back. In this courtroom drama, with flashbacks, designed to savage the pomposity of the judicial system, compassion and cruelty, good and evil reside in all human relationships. But who is on trial here? Is it sex kitten Bardot, … More La Vérité (1960)

Faces/Places

Faces/Places [Villages Visages] (2017) Documentary filmmaker Agnès Varda joins forces with instillation photographer J. R. on a road trip across France, visiting coal mines, stockyards, factories, farms, and enlarging photographic images of the people who live and work there, to plaster across buildings, silos, train cars, crates, etc. The impermanence of art is J. R.’ … More Faces/Places

L’Immortelle (1963)

L’Immortelle (1963) Alain Robbe-Grillet wrote and directed this black and white cubist narrative about an unidentified traveler from France who meets and then searches for a woman who disappears in Istanbul. Lovely travelogue sequences glide by to Turkish music, as, from the rubble of exotic romance, variations on narrative tropes assemble and reassemble themselves. Istanbul … More L’Immortelle (1963)

Alphaville (1965)

Alphaville (1965) 99 Min With no special sets, shot on location in Paris, Jean-Luc Godard cast B-Film Detective Eddie Constantine with Anna Karina to make a dystopian comment on the dehumanizing nature of a technology, using self-referential film noir techniques that often mock the genre.   Blinding headlights flash Flash on and off neurotic codes … More Alphaville (1965)