“The Masque of the Red Death” from Extraordinary Tales (2015)

“The Masque of the Red Death” from Extraordinary Tales (2015) This concluding sequence, from Spanish director and animator Raul Garcia ’s collection of five tales from Edgar Allen Poe, remains my favorite cinematic version. As Jeannette Catsoiulis wrote in her New York Times review, “…the rosy wash of oily color that flows over the story’s … More “The Masque of the Red Death” from Extraordinary Tales (2015)

Repulsion (1965)

Repulsion (1965) What I have most admired about Catherine Deneuve is her choice of roles in movies. Instead of catering to her physical beauty as a model, she has undermined her image by playing psychopaths and sexual deviants, maturing eventually to respectable but flawed matriarchs. In this early performance, she embodies Roman Polanski’s jaded vision … More Repulsion (1965)

Peppermint Soda (1977)

Peppermint Soda (1977) “For my sister, who still hasn’t returned my orange sweater.” Diane Kurys wrote and directed this twist on The 400 Blows, which follows the lives of 13-year-old Anne [Eléonore Klarwein] and 15-year-old Frederique [Odile Michel], sisters whose parents are separated. And yet, despite the political chaos of the time, Kurys focuses on … More Peppermint Soda (1977)

The Image Book (2018)

The Image Book (2018) “Man’s true condition is to compose with his hands,” Jean-Luc Godard announced from his editing table at the very start of this collage-narrative. The first half explores Western cinema; the second half explores neglected Arabian cinema. Film clips from famous and obscure movies are spliced together, bleached and washed, while a … More The Image Book (2018)

The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)

The Peanut Butter Solution (1985) Second in a series of fantasy tales for children, undoubtedly written by a precocious 3-year-old at the kitchen table, what begins as a conventional ghost tale reveals how important hair is to adolescents. Somehow this hair as paintbrushes automatically create pictures anyone can crawl inside, a magical alternative reality. I … More The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)