FARINELLI (Gérard Corbiau, 1994)

Perhaps you recall that Farinelli, the Belgian film by Gérard Corbiau, won the Golden Globe as best foreign-language film about a dozen years ago. At the time I didn’t go see it because I didn’t believe the movie would be much good—it isn’t—and I dreaded the thought of watching a movie about a castrato.      George […]

UZAK (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2002)

It took Gus Van Sant’s phenomenal Elephant to trump Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Uzak, or Distant, from Turkey for the top prize at Cannes in 2003. Those who voted were correct, both in ranking Elephant higher and in ranking Uzak nearly as high. (Uzak won the Grand Prix, the honor just below the Palme d’Or.) Perhaps […]