Written by Jacques Viot and Jacques Prévert, Le jour se lève would remain Marcel Carné’s finest film. Its narrative complexity includes two interlocking romantic triangles and two different views of a single murder, one from outside the apartment in which the man is shot, the other from inside the apartment. Things indeed are paired in […]
Shohei Imamura’s Fukushû suruwa wareniari begins with the police transport to headquarters of captured serial killer Iwao Enokizu, based on Akira Nishiguchi. Enokizu, 37, disdainfully laments that his imminent appointment with a noose will rob him of the accompanying 55-year-old officer’s longevity. The scene inside the car, with its five occupants, is lean and sparse, […]
Please see my “Hollywood film review” of CHICAGO (Rob Marshall, 2002), which in comparing the two versions includes extensive comments about Wellman’s film.