In 1918, an amnesiac soldier named Smith is still recovering at an English asylum after months of dealing with shell shock. No family has claimed him; in one agonizing scene, an elderly couple are shown Smith to see if he’s their son, both sides horribly disappointed that he isn’t. Taking a walk in the foggy… Read more »
When it comes to romantic comedy, classic Hollywood has everybody beat. If you haven’t seen a rom-com from the 1930s, 1940s, or 1950s, you’re denying yourself one of life’s greatest joys. There are many I could recommend, but for my money, the gold standard may just be George Stevens’s The More the Merrier (1943).
Abbas Kiarostami was one of cinema’s quietest adventurers. He asked hard questions and answered them effortlessly. Can you make a film that expresses the innocence and fidelity of childhood? Yes, just look at Where is the Friend’s House. Can you make a meta documentary that tells a true story in a way that cannot seem real?… Read more »
Of all the debates about Old Hollywood, the Fred Astaire vs. Gene Kelly debate is one of the most popular. Movie fans enjoy comparing their dance styles and who they like better. They talk about how Astaire’s dancing was more elegant, and whether that makes it better than Kelly’s more athletic choreography. But what people… Read more »