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Essential Reading: Fritz Lang’s HOUSE BY THE RIVER

November 30, 2010

Highlights from the web illuminate one of Fritz Lang’s most underrated films.

Lustful Undertow: Fritz Lang’s THE HOUSE BY THE RIVER

November 29, 2010

Lang’s low-budget potboiler is a vision of American affluence perched beside a seething flow of moral decay and sublimated sex.

Essential Reading: Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin

November 26, 2010 | 2 Comments

It’s not hard to see why Engel and Orkin’s films were inspiring not only to the French New Wave but also to American auteurs like Cassavetes and Scorsese.

Pocketful of Miracles: The Little Cinema of Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin

November 24, 2010

Little celebrated but no less important, the joyous films of Engel and Orkin display a cinematic legacy of unaffected wonder.

At Nineteen, A Visionary in the Making: Stan Brakhage’s INTERIM

November 22, 2010

Made when Brakhage was 19, Interim marks the debut of one of the most remarkable and important filmmakers in the history of the medium.

Video: Wes Anderson and Kent Jones Introduce THEY MADE ME A FUGITIVE

November 19, 2010

Come to think of it, the dialogue in this Brit Noir classic could easily fit a Wes Anderson script.

Guns, Quips, and Stiff Upper Lips: the Brit Noir Classic THEY MADE ME A FUGITIVE

November 19, 2010

Compounding post-war paranoia with class comedy and noir violence makes They Made Me A Fugitive a truly synthetic Brit noir.

David Bordwell’s Tips on How to Watch Fantômas

November 18, 2010
David Bordwell’s Tips on How to Watch Fantômas

One of the very best movie blogs discuss one of the very best movies.

Essential Reading: Dietrich, Sternberg and THE BLUE ANGEL

November 17, 2010

The best links for further reading on The Blue Angel, director Josef von Sternberg and star Marlene Dietrich.

One Village, Two Movies: Nicolas Philibert’s BACK TO NORMANDY

November 17, 2010

How the making of a movie changed the lives of an entire village.

Marlene Dietrich’s Stairway to Hell: THE BLUE ANGEL and Sternberg’s Infernal Designs

November 15, 2010

The nightclub – a den of debauchery and forbidden, perverse pleasure – is a recurring motif in the films of Josef Von Sternberg.

Full-Range Ferocity: Jeremy Renner

November 12, 2010

Jeremy Renner had been kicking around Hollywood for a decade before he landed the role of Sgt. James in THE HURT LOCKER, which brought him an Oscar nomination.