DR. EHRLICH’S MAGIC BULLET (William Dieterle, 1940)

In the 1930s a popular series of films dealt in an intelligent way with notable figures from the past—scientists, writers, political leaders. Three of the Warner Brothers films, all directed by German-born William Dieterle, starred perhaps the most gifted American film actor of his day, Paul Muni, who was born in Austria and who began […]

LA NOTTE (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961)

In his trilogy, Michelangelo Antonioni’s La notte occupies the dead-center between the hopefulness with which L’avventura (1960) ends and the utter desolation of L’eclisse (1962), which begins and ends with the end of a relationship. It is a gray, weathered film that ends with a standstill in love that may yet be set back into […]