¡QUÉ VIVA MÉXICO! (Sergei M. Eisenstein, 1931-32; 1979)

Adjudging it, properly, as belonging to the highest rank of films, Garbicz and Klinowski in Cinema: The Magic Vehicle begin by calling ¡Qué viva México! “[a] masterpiece which does not exist.” Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein’s never completed Mexican film remains cinema’s most celebrated phantom work. Its history is famous—a true legend, part of which unfolded in […]

LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (Alain Resnais, 1961)

In the past I wrote the following about one of my favorite films, Last Year at Marienbad (L’année dernière à Marienbad), written by Alain Robbe-Grillet and directed by Alain Resnais: Not a signatory of the 1959 manifesto, and therefore only an honorary New Waver, Resnais invested [the film] with great visual irony. Fluid, upwardly tilted […]