The Birthday Party (1968)

The Birthday Party (1968) William Friedkin directs Robert Shaw in an outstanding performance in Nobel-Prize Harold Pinter’s 1958 “comedy of menace.” Stanley [Robert Shaw] is an anonymous lodger in a seaside boarding house, run by gossip Meg [Dandy Nichols} and her deckchair attendant husband Petey [Moultrie Kelsall]. Into this residence two strangers appear, the thuggish … More The Birthday Party (1968)

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)

BEAT DOUBLE FEATURE

BEAT DOUBLE FEATURE:     “The Beats are all radical from the marijuana, but deep inside they’re all lovers of Sinatra.” — Michelle McKinney The Beatniks (1960) An exploitation film, Paul Frees directs this critique of the counter-culture as a bunch of teen psychopaths . Peter Breck breaks his neck to embody Moon, the murderer … More BEAT DOUBLE FEATURE

The Stone Raft (2003)

The Stone Raft (2003) George Sluizer adapts Nobel-Prize winning Jose Saramago’s satirical allegory about the continent of Iberia breaking off and sending Spain and Portugal toward a collision with the Azores. Five people come together, each feeling somehow responsible for causing this natural disaster, and together with a stray dog journey to find a way … More The Stone Raft (2003)

Alibi Ike (1935)

Alibi Ike (1935) Wide-mouthed comedian Joe. E. Brown plays a baseball pitcher whose hayseed bashfulness leads to boasting with alibis to cover his mistakes. As a result, he winds up kidnapped by gamblers. Olivia de Havilland cameos as the doting love interest in this choppy, badly segued adaptation from a Ring Lardner classic short story, … More Alibi Ike (1935)

The Fountainhead (1949)

The Fountainhead (1949) From the novel and screenplay adaptation by Ayn Rand, King Vidor directs Gary Cooper, as the ruthless architect Howard Roark [modeled on Frank Lloyd Wright] and Patricia O’Neal as the devoted socialite Dominique Francon in this allegory celebrating unbridled capitalism in the struggle between individualism and collectivism. During the final courtroom sequence, … More The Fountainhead (1949)