LONG LIVE THE LADY! (Ermanno Olmi, 1987)

The following is one of the entries from my 100 Greatest Films list, which I invite you to visit on this site if you haven’t already done so. — Dennis Written and directed by Ermanno Olmi, Lunga vita alla signora is Italy’s most brilliant film comedy. The “lady” in question, decrepit though still holding on, […]

CHRONICLE OF THE BURNING YEARS (Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina, 1975)

Enormously expensive, indulgently long and exceptionally hard to follow, Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina’s widescreen Chronique des années de braise, from Algeria, won the top prize at Cannes as jury chair Jeanne Moreau possibly impressed on other jury members her guilt over France’s colonization of Algeria. The film covers an epic sweep of national history, from World War […]