AMORES PERROS (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2000)

Some recent Mexican cinema has been outstanding. Let me cite three examples: María Navaro’s El Jardín del Edén (The Garden of Eden, 1994), Carlos Reygadas’s Japón (2002), Eugenio Polgovsky’s Tropic of Cancer (2004). Others, though, are too compromised to take altogether seriously. Sometimes they are bad films and lightweight ones—and partially objectionable ones. This is […]

WHEN A WOMAN ASCENDS THE STAIRS (Mikio Naruse, 1960)

Mikio Naruse makes fine, sensible films; Mother (Okaasan, 1952) and Late Chrysanthemums (Bangiku, 1954) are lovely achievements. (Regrettably, I haven’t seen what is generally considered Naruse’s masterpiece: Floating Clouds—Ukigumo, 1955.) When a Woman Ascends the Stairs—Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki—is the most interesting and finely realized of these three works, although (because of Kinuyo […]