PARRISH (Delmer Daves, 1961)

Delmer Daves’s genial, engrossing soap opera about Connecticut River Valley tobacco wars finds ruthless Judd Raike trying to squeeze out or burn out rival plantation owners, especially Sala Post, whose employee, Ellen McLean, he woos and marries. Ellen’s son, Parrish, is mentored by both Post and Raike, giving us something of an education in tobacco […]

12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST (Corneliu Porumboiu, 2006)

Wryly written and directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, who was 14 when Nicolae Ceauşescu’s regime, and along with it Communism, collapsed in Romania in 1989, A fost sau n-a fost? questions the weight of this event—recent past for some; ancient for others—on Romania’s present. The setting is a small, sleepy town, Vaslui. Jderescu, the owner of […]