LOUISIANA STORY (Robert J. Flaherty, 1948)

The encounter of unspoilt Nature and industrial technology: this is the theme of Louisiana Story, the final work by Robert J. Flaherty, the brilliant American director of Nanook of the North (1922), Moana (1926), Industrial Britain (1931), Man of Aran (1934) and The Land (1942). In this extraordinary film, underwritten by Standard Oil, the “father […]

THE MARQUISE OF O . . . (Eric Rohmer, 1976)

Eric Rohmer ventured outside France but for a single film: the West German The Marquise of O . . ., from Heinrich von Kleist’s 1808 novella. It is a civilized, exquisitely ironical comedy about a woman’s rape, a meditation on the limits society imposes on a woman’s right to self-determination.      During the Franco-Prussian War, Julietta, […]