BLACK JESUS (Valerio Zurlini, 1968)

Valerio Zurlini’s Seduto alla sua destra—literally, Seated at His Right, but called Black Jesus in the U.S. for reasons of commercial exploitation that are all the more contemptible given the U.S. role in deposing the democratically elected Congolese premier and replacing him with dictator Joseph-Desiré Mobutu—is stark, gripping and fascinating. Its Maurice Lalubi, played by […]

BLOWUP (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966)

The coolest, most happening movie of the “Swingin’ Sixties” was made by someone in his mid-fifties.      A self-absorbed London fashion photographer (David Hemmings, wonderful) snaps photographs in Maryon Park, prompting a woman (Vanessa Redgrave, anxious, vibrant, haunting), apparently with her lover there, to demand the roll of film. The boy refuses. After successive blowups of […]