LE GAI SAVOIR (Jean-Luc Godard, 1968)

Over three years, partially lit by the interior flame of their radicalism, two young militants, Émile Rousseau, a descendant of Jean-Jacques, and Patricia Lumumba, Patrice’s “daughter,” meet after-hours on a bare stage in an otherwise pitch-dark television studio and discuss politics and filmmaking. As witnesses, we receive from this discussion, and from accompanying recent and […]

THE FIRE WITHIN (Louis Malle, 1963)

Maurice Ronet brings electrifying depth and restraint to his brilliant, moving performance as an alcoholic writer who, despite the attention of sympathetic friends in Paris, can find no reason not to “leave.” Louis Malle’s humane, engrossing film ends with Alain Leroy’s suicide. “Poor Alain” (as he is repeatedly referred to), many commentators feel, spends his […]