L’ECLISSE (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962)

The concluding part of Michelangelo Antonioni’s trilogy about post-World War II alienated humanity, L’eclisse (Eclipse) comes from Italy and France. This visionary work tries “to see whole” a myriad of emotional, psychological and social currents, and it expresses these in vibrant, poetic visual and aural terms. One would have to return to silent cinema to […]

THE THIRD GENERATION (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1979)

Fassbinder’s Godardian/doubly Melvillian Die Dritte Generation dazzles with slapdash brilliance while it hilariously pursues its satirical aims. The title refers to a post-Baader-Meinhof group of Leftists terrorizing West Berlin. A bunch of bourgeois bumblers led by a mercenary, they plot the kidnapping of Peter Lurz (Eddie Constantine, parodying Yves Montand in Costa-Gavras’s State of Seige), […]