A SOUL HAUNTED BY PAINTING (Huang Shuqin, 1993)

Hua hun is a charming, poignant film about twentieth-century Chinese painter and sculptor Pan Yuliang, framed as the elderly Yuliang’s reminiscence, but then hauntingly extended to include her death in Paris in 1977. Her family sold the orphaned fifteen-year-old to a brothel, but she gains her release through marriage to Pan Zanhua. They have both […]

SUPPLEMENT (Krzysztof Zanussi, 2002)

I have added this entry to my list of the 100 Greatest Films, which you will find elsewhere on this blog. One of the most moving films ever made, Supplement is writer-director Krzysztof Zanussi’s deepening of Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (2000). Recycling the three most important characters, it covers the same period, […]