ADVISE & CONSENT (Otto Preminger, 1962)

The U.S. Secretary of State has died. The President nominates Robert Leffingwell, a controversial selection. The Senate confirmation hearings hide as much as they reveal about the nominee, who absolves himself of a charge of communism only by lying under oath.      From Allen Drury’s popular novel, Otto Preminger’s Advise & Consent, written by Wendell Mayes, […]

(ON) TOP OF THE WHALE (Râúl Ruiz, 1982)

By the late twentieth century, the United States and the U.S.S.R. have appropriated Europe—the Soviet Union, for instance, the Netherlands. This conceit imagines the transformation of familiar nations into states of exile. Chilean surrealist Râúl Ruiz’s own European exile was prompted by the military coup against Allende, whose cinema advisor he had been. Het Dak […]