MAN OF MARBLE (Andrzej Wajda, 1977)

I’m torn. The historical importance of Czlowiek z marmuru; its strategy of deconstruction; its captivating style; coming from Communist Poland, the sheer amazement its anti-Communism generates—that the film even got made; its examination of government/media manipulation of individuals and the public: all these factors argue on behalf of Wajda’s film.      On the other hand, it […]

SALESMAN (Maysles brothers, 1969)

A bleak black comedy, Salesman follows door-to-door four Bible salesmen in their holy quest for an unholy buck. (Such laborers, capitalism’s dogged foot-soldiers, have been replaced by telemarketers and by pitch-people on televised infomercials.) An example of cinéma-vérité, Salesman was shot in black and white by Albert and David Maysles and brilliantly edited by Charlotte […]