Rhinoceros (1974)

Rhinoceros (1974) Tom O’Horgan directs Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel in what could have been a wacky and illogical production of Eugène Ionesco’s play. Instead, opening it out, the pacing falters, with only one claustrophobic café scene still effective as theater of the absurd. Part of the American Film Theater’s series.   When is a … More Rhinoceros (1974)

Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)

  Cry, the Beloved Country (1995) Darrell Roodt, a South African director, brings James Earl Jones and Richard Harris together in this very faithful adaptation of Alan Paton’s groundbreaking novel against apartheid. This stunning narrative, that addresses issues of social injustice and capital punishment, has been adapted into several films and plays, most notably Maxwell … More Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)

Frida (2002)

Frida (2002) “In the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution, the country’s artists forged a new painterly vocabulary, which fused European modernism with local folkloric traditions, and became a global phenomenon.” After years of problems getting this screenplay produced, Julie Taymor was hired to direct this biopic based on a biography of Frida Kahlo. Selma Hayek … More Frida (2002)

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (1998)

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (1998) Michael Apted directs Walter Mosley’s adaptation of his own novel, with Laurence Fishburne as Socrates Fortlow, an ex-con convicted for murder, who wants to set his life straight in Watts.   One day at a time, picking up cans For recycled change, a recycled con Looking for any job he … More Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (1998)

Lady Snowblood (1973)

Lady Snowblood (1973) Color. Starring the beautiful and talented Meiko Kaji , directed by Toshiya Fujita, from a screenplay by Norio Osada based on the 51-issue manga by Kazuo Koike and illustrated by Kazuo Kamimura. The original title, Shurayuki-hime, plays on the Japanese name for Snow White, Shirayuki. Blood white. Snows cross black slats. Ma … More Lady Snowblood (1973)

Myra Breckinridge (1970)

Myra Breckinridge (1970) Granted full control over this adaptation of Gore Vidal’s vicious satire, Michael Sarne made a “degradation” film, a 70s genre where famous actors degrade themselves by playing the parts assigned. Caught between the resurrected body of Mae West and the sexy Raquel Welsh, Sarne lost control. Rex Reed said afterwards, “This was … More Myra Breckinridge (1970)

Toby Dammit (1968)

Toby Dammit (1968) c. 30 Min. Color. In the third episode of the film anthology Spirits of the Dead, Fellini freely improvised on Bernardino Zapponi’s gothic screenplay of Edgar Allen Poe’s “Never Bet Your Head on the Devil,” keeping only the ending from the original.   Fame spreads its miasmic glow, Airport to airport, yellowing … More Toby Dammit (1968)

Two Songs–Proteus and Ariel

Proteus–Song Proteus by the sea Dissembles prophesy By changing to words The reckless goatherds Carousing joyously,        Shouting, “Proteus by the sea!        Proteus by the sea!” Protean diversity Allows a nation to see In its multiple kinds Of peoples those binds That strengthen its unity,        Shouting, “Proteus by the sea!        Proteus by … More Two Songs–Proteus and Ariel