Documentarian Kazuo Hara and Miyuki Takeda, his child’s mother, broke up in 1972. Takeda moved from Tokyo to Okinawa, leaving Hara with unresolved feelings that he hoped making a film about her would resolve. With her permission, therefore, he stayed with her and her new lover, Sugako.      Miyuki proves a fascinating subject. A feminist and […]

THE CRIMSON RIVERS (Mathieu Kassovitz, 2000)

Grisly murder mystery in the French Alps that finds two separate investigations crossing one another for a more complicated solution than anyone could possibly guess. Thoroughly suspenseful, irresistible entertainment, with great visual flair; but, ultimately, a silly film that takes too long for the mystery to unravel. When it does, inbreeding at a university, switched […]

ROMANCE SENTIMENTALE (Sergei M. Eisenstein, 1930)

Romance sentimentale, from France, is one of the most beautifully photographed films ever made—by Eduard Tissé. Essential viewing, it is nonetheless the one Sergei Eisenstein film I find dubious.      Its theme is the relation of mortal awareness to the suspension of this consciousness wrought by art, whose impetus, ironically, can be an overwhelming feeling of […]