ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (Milos Forman, 1975)

Behavioral comedy, his forte, is suffocated by nastiness and sentimental antics in Milos Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a simplistic melodrama based on Ken Kesey’s novel by way of Dale Wasserman’s play. Its mawkish antiestablishmentarianism is passé now, and its misogynism remains strident and reprehensible. Forman manipulated audiences toward an expression of their […]

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 […]