100 GREATEST FILMS LIST (Part II, entries 51-100)

1953 (cont’d) 51. VOYAGE IN ITALY (Roberto Rossellini, Italy). Ingrid Bergman gave her most probing, penetrating performance in husband Roberto Rossellini’s Viaggio in Italia. The film surveys a faltering marriage. Rossellini described its subject matter as “a couple’s relationship under the influence of a third person: the exterior world.”       Alex and Katherine Joyce, a British […]

LAST CHANTS FOR A SLOW DANCE (Jon Jost, 1977)

Last Chants for a Slow Dance, Jon Jost’s “Gary Gilmore film” (metaphorically, not literally), proceeds by set-pieces, switching between color and black and white, sound and silence, static and moving camera, realism and moody dreaminess, script (by Jost and Peter Trias) and improvisation. A haunting evocation of some interior male American landscape, the film follows […]

DINNER AT EIGHT (George Cukor, 1933)

Because Grand Hotel (1932) had won for it the best picture Oscar, M-G-M needed a follow-up, another star-crammed multi-character entertainment in which people’s lives crisscross, intersect. George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber’s play Dinner at Eight, which Herman J. Mankiewicz and Frances Marion adapted, with Donald Ogden Stewart adding dialogue, and which George Cukor sensitively […]