THE CRIMINAL LIFE OF ARCHIBALDO DE LA CRUZ (Luis Buñuel, 1955)

Luis Buñuel’s Ensayo de un crimen (literally, Rehearsal for a Crime) is a lively, entertaining film. Its protagonist, Archibaldo de la Cruz, is a potter whose memories of an aristocratic childhood match Mexico’s sentimental attachment to the past despite the 1910-17 revolution. Archibaldo is morally and sexually hung-up; he has been obsessed with women’s legs […]

ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS (Luchino Visconti, 1960)

The following is one of the entries from my 100 Greatest Films from Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal list, which I invite you to visit on this site if you haven’t already done so. — Dennis Italy produces the most trenchant films about brothers. Among these are Valerio Zurlini’s Family Diary (1962), Francesco Rosi’s Three […]