FORCE OF EVIL (Abraham Polonsky, 1948)

John Garfield dazzles as smart, tough, egotistical, charming Joe Morse, a mouthpiece for mobster Ben Tucker, who plans on taking over the numbers racket on July 4 by making “776,” which on that day is always voluminously bet on, a winner, thereby making it impossible for numbers banks to pay off what they owe. Morse […]

7 SONGS FROM THE TUNDRA (Markku Lehmuskallio, Anastasia Lapsui, 1999)

Anastasia Lapsui, co-writer and co-director of Seitsemän laulua tundralta, is herself a Nenet; her and Markku Lehmuskallio’s Seitsemän laulua tundralta, from Finland, portrays the Nenet people in the twentieth century. They may remind viewers of the also-Arctic Inuits—North American Eskimoes—that Robert J. Flaherty documented in Nanook of the North (1922).      The opening shot is a […]