Human Flow (2017)

Human Flow (2017) Ai Weiwei directed this documentary about the international explosion of refugees, caused by famine, global warming, and war. He reveals the failure of the 1951 European Refugee Convention and the dehumanization of the camps. Filmed across 23 countries, the movie shows the full catastrophe of this world-wide human migration and the moral … More Human Flow (2017)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Originally optioned by Kirk Douglas, who played the lead in the Broadway production, this study of power dynamics in mental institutions created a defining role for Jack Nicholson, and provided Miloš Forman with his first American job as director. There is no way anybody can forget Louise Fletcher … More One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Tattooed Life (1965)

  Tattooed Life (1965) Seijun Suzuki opens with a violent yakuza assassination and concludes with a battle to the death in this highly stylized late work that studies the bond between brothers, one a hired killer and the other an art student. Their journey to escape fate occupies most of the movie. Hideki Takahashi plays … More Tattooed Life (1965)

Lifeboat (1944)

Lifeboat (1944) Having convinced his mother to relocate out of London, where the bombing continued, Alfred Hitccock , in support of the war effort, directed this melodramatic message-film about the moral threat of disunity among allied nations fighting aggressive Nazi attacks. Very loosely based on a prose treatment by John Stienbeck, the screenplay was revised … More Lifeboat (1944)

Baal (1970)

Baal (1970) Volker Schlöndorff recruited Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his Antitheatre troupe to perform in this television adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s infamous play about the poet as anti-hero. When Helene Weigel, Brecht’s widow, saw this production, she was outraged and prevented its release into movie theaters. Suppressed until 2014, this birth of New German Cinema … More Baal (1970)

Raw Deal (1948)

Raw Deal (1948) John Alton’s rapturous noir cinematography captures this stark tragedy about a palooka who breaks out of prison to “catch a breath of air.” Joe Sullivan [Dennis O’Keefe] is aided and abetted by Pat [Claire Trevor] who provides, quite a twist,  the voice-under narration. Joe, forced to find a hideout, breaks into the … More Raw Deal (1948)

Nightfall (1988)

  Nightfall (1988) A hippie version of Isaac Asimov’s short story, this movie luxuriates in burnished landscapes that the celebrated Paolo Soleri incorporated into designs to achieve what he called “Arcology,” “architecture cohered with ecology.” When finally Roger Corman could raise the money, Paul Mayersberg agreed to write an adaptation, provided he would direct. In … More Nightfall (1988)