GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK (George Clooney, 2005)

There isn’t much to say about Good Night, and Good Luck, an insubstantial film that takes its title from radio and television commentator Edward R. Murrow’s sign-off. The film’s focus consists of a few TV broadcasts, for CBS, in which Murrow “took on” Wisconsin’s Joseph McCarthy, an opportunistic U.S. senator who rode the nation’s postwar […]

BITTER MORSEL (Buddhadev Dasgupta, 1979)

In black and white, plainly influenced by the cinema of Bengal film artist Satyajit Ray, especially Aparajito (The Unvanquished, 1957), Neem Annapurna—Bitter Morsel—is a trenchant study of an impoverished family that has moved to Calcutta in hopes that Brojo, the husband and father, would find a job after famine wiped out his small village, closing […]