PROOF (Jocelyn Moorhouse, 1991)

Australian cinema remains decidedly second-rate. For this reason, if no other, its few good films are to be cherished. One of the best of these is Robin Anderson and Bob Connelly’s 1984 documentary First Contact, providing, with a sure grasp of both history and irony, disparate recollections of an expedition, a search for gold, more […]

BAD LUCK (Andrzej Munk, 1959)

The most brilliant Polish comedy I have seen, Andrzej Munk’s Zezowate szczęście—in English, variously called Cross-Eyed Luck, Bad Luck and Cockeyed Happiness—takes in a brace of Polish history, roughly covering twenty to twenty-five years beginning around 1930, as it follows Janek Piszczyk, a bumbling Everyman who, like Marcello Clerici in Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist (1970), […]