THE SEARCH (Fred Zinnemann, 1948)

In 1946 nine-year-old Karel, a Czech boy who had been liberated from Auschwitz, flees a refugee center in U.S.-occupied Germany while his mother, whose husband and daughter were murdered by the Nazis, continues her search for him. The child and “Steve,” an American G.I., meanwhile have formed a close bond. It is Steve’s intent to […]

NIGHT ON EARTH (Jim Jarmusch, 1991)

Indie-darling writer-director Jim Jarmusch’s biggest production consists of five separate episodes revolving around a different taxi cab driver’s on-the-meter encounter(s) with one or more passengers. Each of the episodes is located in a different city—Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome, Helsinski—and all five are stitched together as though occurring progressively through a single night and […]