THE FIANCÉS (Ermanno Olmi, 1962)

One of the most remarkable films ever made about the Italian working class, Ermanno Olmi’s The Fiancés (I fidanzati) is also a love story of sorts. More particularly, it’s about the strain placed on an engaged couple by their separation once the man, Giovanni, relocates from Milan, where he works as a welder in a […]

IN THE NAME OF INNOCENCE (Andreas Kleinert, 1997)

Writer-director Andreas Kleinert’s moody, melodramatic Im Namen der Unschuld reflects dislocations wrought by German reunification. The setting is the former East Germany—a small town on the Baltic Sea. Anna Loeser, a former professor of literature, is a voluntary patient at a mental hospital. Marie, her college-age daughter, is murdered in the woods, her body dumped […]