THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956)

The crux of the complicated plot is this: A politically apathetic Indianapolis couple, Ben and Jo McKenna, are tourists in French Morocco when their young son, Hank, is kidnapped to buy their silence pertaining to an assassination plot, against a visiting foreign leader, they have learned is imminent. In London they attempt to find and […]

THE COMEDY OF POWER (Claude Chabrol, 2006)

Corruption in Elf-Acquitaine, France’s massively profitable national oil company, is usually described in the States in terms of corporate embezzlement or sideline sexual improprieties; but it also revealed the astonishing tenacity of European colonialism, which has found ways of persisting under new guises past its official death. Western European nations other than France were eventually […]