JOAN THE MAID, PARTS I & II (Jacques Rivette, 1994)

“Give me some time,” Jeanne asks so she can turn a seeming military defeat into a victory against the British in the Hundred Years’ War. (She helps lift the Siege of Orléans.) Time is of the essence in Jacques Rivette’s stunning two-part, four-hour Jeanne la Pucelle. Early fifteenth century; minimalist scenes. As Sandrine Bonnaire beautifully […]

EVA (Joseph Losey, 1962)

Jeanne Moreau, the most iconic film actress since Garbo, is gorgeous, glamorous and brilliant in Joseph Losey’s Eva. A materially fit prostitute, Eva Olivier is pathetically craved by Tyvian Jones, a Welshman who has hit paydirt as a coal miner by converting his experiences, embellished, into a novel. Eva mocks, teases, torments, threatens, even physically […]