THE COUNTERFEITERS (Stefan Ruzowitzky, 2007)

Yet one more ridiculously inept Oscar winner in the foreign-language division, writer-director Stefan Ruzowitzky’s Die Fälscher, from Austria and Germany, is the most objectionable non-documentary related to the Holocaust since Steven Spielberg’s (far worse) Schindler’s List (1993). It is a despicable film.      It is based on a true event—the largest counterfeiting operation ever, set up […]

THE BEST MAN (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1964)

Henry Fonda gives a beautiful, complex, deeply moving performance as Secretary of State William Russell, one of two leading contenders for his party’s presidential nomination, in The Best Man, the best film that Gore Vidal wrote, on this occasion from his own play, and Franklin J. Schaffner ever directed. The action revolves around the Democratic […]