DO YOU REMEMBER DOLLY BELL? (Emir Kusturíca, 1981)

Although it lacks his later magic realism, Emir Kusturíca’s Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (Sjecas li se, Dolly Bell), in Serbo-Croatian, is a deeply satisfying, heartaching film about a Sarajevo family in the early 1960s, during the time of Marshal Tito’s Communist Yugoslavia. It is especially about sixteen-year-old Dino (Slavko Stimac, sweet, charming, perfect), the […]

THE MAGICIAN (Ingmar Bergman, 1958)

Ingmar Bergman has a reputation for making stubborn and difficult films. However, his Magician (Ansiktet—literally, The Face) is widely regarded as one of his most accessible works. Because it provides an analysis of human fear, possibly Kierkegaardian dread, it draws upon the familiar genre of the horror film that Bergman’s hallucinatory Hour of the Wolf […]

PASSAGES (Jon Jost, 2006)

Passages, Jon Jost’s latest work except for Over Here, which Jost shot last autumn in Portland, Oregon, unfolds in a different kind of world, a young child’s world of Nature, visual wonder, and a father’s implicit protection, companionship and love. In a written prologue, Jost explains that much of the film’s digital video material was […]