THE MAD MISS MANTON (Leigh Jason, 1938)

Some films we watch just for fun. The Mad Miss Manton is very enjoyable through repeated viewings.      The film is a hybrid, mixing genres: mystery, screwball comedy, social satire. It’s about the Manhattan rich, on the one hand, and working stiffs, on the other. It’s about a romantic accommodation between these two groups. It ends, […]

AT FULL GALLOP (Krzysztof Zanussi, 1996)

Krzysztof Zanussi’s autobiographical Cwal centers on Hubert, a young teenager in the country. When his father defects to the West, Hubert’s mother is summoned to an interrogation. The familiar way this scene would be shot would have the pair anxiously waiting for their turn to enter the Party official’s office. Zanussi upsets our expectation. Someone […]