REGENERATION (Raoul Walsh, 1915)

A kid in his twenties, the same year that he played John Wilkes Booth in D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation, Raoul Walsh made a compelling melodrama that already expressed in full the personality that a quarter-century hence would lend such color and humanity to his Strawberry Blonde (1941) and Gentleman Jim (1942). This is […]

FRANCE/TOUR/DETOUR/TWO/CHILDREN (Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville, 1977-78)

Videotaped for television, France/tour/detour/deux/enfants was “loosely inspired” by a nineteenth-century children’s book about two brothers. Jean-Luc Godard has said he made it in order to understand children better. He and Anne-Marie Miéville document two nine-year-old schoolmates, Camille Virolleaud and Arnaud Martin. Some of their “spontaneous” behavior, though, conformed to Godard’s scripted intent.      The setting is […]