EROICA (Andrzej Munk, 1957)

The following is one of the entries from my 100 Greatest Films from the Soviet Union, Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe list, which I invite you to visit on this site if you haven’t already done so. — Dennis Written by Jerzy Stefan Stawiński, directed by Andrzej Munk, Heroism consists of two parts. This external […]

THE FAT AND THE LEAN (Roman Polanski, 1961)

Roman Polanski acts in the two-character, dialogueless 14-minute film he made in France right after graduating from film school, “Le gros et le maigre.” He is “le maigre.”      The opening sideways shot outside a wealthy fat man’s rural house places the skinny, barefooted servant in the foreground, his master in the background. “Le gros” sits, […]