THE GODFATHER (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)

There is no accounting for taste, and there is no accounting for those who maintain the fiction that the ’70s were anything other than the dreariest decade in the history of American cinema. There were, of course, some excellent films: Jon Jost’s Last Chants for a Slow Dance (1977), John Huston’s Fat City (1972) and […]

GERMANY, YEAR ZERO (Roberto Rossellini, 1947)

Roberto Rossellini is the filmmaker most important to the Italian Neorealist movement. His Rome, Open City (1945) and Paisà (1946), two beautiful works, are justly celebrated. However, the movement’s singular masterpiece is his next film, Germany, Year Zero (Germania, Anno Zero)—although it’s a measure of the breadth of Rossellini’s body of work that one of […]


STONES This day is a feast of cold. Stacks of ice block the street. Stones beg. Birds freeze in flight. Mrs. Britton alone keeps her stride intact, moving to market that of course won’t open for agony of weather. Children get a grip of their sides. Mothers watch; shouts penetrate air. Sean Britton, Mrs. Britton’s […]