Even Though the Whole World Is Burning (2014)

Even Though the Whole World Is Burning (2014) Stephen C. Schafer documented the American poet W. S. Merwin, who took his family inheritance, bought land on Maui, and spent his last decade struggling to recultivate the plants that had been devastated. A great political and environmental activist, Merwin was an authentic troubadour poet, existing outside the … More Even Though the Whole World Is Burning (2014)

Blackboards (2000)

Blackboards (2000) . The struggle to spread education has never been more grimly or poetically visualized than in this film by Samira Makhmalbaf. Itinerant teachers carry blackboards strapped to their backs as they tread the rugged and desolate cliffs of Kurdistan, seeking employment. Samira Makhmalbaf, , daughter of a famous, and often censored Iranian filmmaker, … More Blackboards (2000)

Absolution (1978)

Absolution (1978) Richard Burton stars as a troubled priest under Anthony Page’s direction from Anthony Schafer’s original screenplay. Playing off the sacredness of the confessional, this plot traps the form master at a Catholic Boys School in a dilemma: what should he do when one of the boys confesses to murder? And then the murder … More Absolution (1978)

The Bride (1985)

The Bride (1985) Can a male scientist create a woman “as bold and proud as a man. A woman equal to ourselves.” What a chauvinistic question, especially when the man christens his perfect woman “Eva,” after Genesis. Designed, I suspect, as a vanity project either for Sting or for Jennifer Beals, the screenwriter Lloyd Fonvielle … More The Bride (1985)

Phaedra (1962)

Phaedra (1962) Jules Dassin directs his wife, Melina Mercouri, and rising star, Anthony Perkins, in Margarita Lymberaki’s adaptation of Euripides‘ Hippolytus, with a stunning film score by Mikis Theodorakis, in simmering black and white cinematography by Jacques Natteau . Known for its eroticism that defines this as a 60’s taboo-breaking movie, this forbidden folie à … More Phaedra (1962)

Possessed (1947)

  Possessed (1947) Not to be confused with the 1931 pre-Code Crawford melodrama, Curtis Bernhardt brings his German expressionist style to bear on this Freudian study of a psychotic breakdown. Joan Crawford said this was the most difficult role she ever played. Van Heflen, as the cynical war vet, and Raymond Massey, as the stern … More Possessed (1947)

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)

Poetic Response: Shout Out for the Deacon – After James de Crescentis

Shout Out for the Deacon Bass woofers thrum a tsunami across the dance floor bodies electric hot-wired Afro Goth if the band’s loud enough bristles brazed they’ll kick the stops out wig-hat and all be the first ecstatic on death row to throw out the window a television set with its white noise demon placenta … More Poetic Response: Shout Out for the Deacon – After James de Crescentis