PLAYTIME (Jacques Tati, 1967)

On the loose in Paris, Monsieur Hulot must stay the night to roam the streets because the official he is supposed to meet is too busy to see him. Hulot’s delayed entrance gives advance hint of his invisibility when he appears since he is a silent figure in a sound film—well, at least a film […]

TABU (Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, 1931)

World-traveling U.S. documentarian Robert J. Flaherty and German filmmaker F. W. Murnau, transplanted to Hollywood, partnered in the late 1920s to escape studio interference. Their first project would be Tabu, but Murnau took over the direction, although both kept working on the script throughout the film’s production. Murnau died one week before the film’s premiere. […]