BREATHLESS (Jim McBride, 1983)

Jim McBride, whose minor classic David Holzman’s Diary (1967) represents in retrospect promise unfulfilled, has chutzpah; his Breathless dares to remake the unremakeable by reversing, at least changing, key tacks and elements of the original, Jean-Luc Godard’s A bout de souffle (1959), arguably the most famous and certainly the most influential film ever made. Thus […]

LA TERRE (André Antoine, 1921)

The thirteenth of his Rougon-Macquart cycle of twenty novels, Émile Zola’s 1887 La terre (The Earth, or The Soil) is a transplantation of Shakespeare’s King Lear to rural France—Beauce, in the Cloyes region. The book is extraordinary; in it, the land is alternately described in erotic terms as a woman and in cosmic terms as […]