THE DIVIDED HEART (Charles Crichton, 1954)

Written by Richard Hughes and Jack Whittingham, and directed with restraint and fine intelligence by Charles Crichton, The Divided Heart is based on an actual event and tribunal ruling by the postwar U.S. Court of the Allied High Commission for Germany. The film is from the United Kingdom, and one senses the lesser result that […]

A NOUS LA LIBERTE (René Clair, 1932)

Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose . . . — Kris Kristofferson Chaplin’s inspiration for Modern Times (1936), René Clair’s À nous la liberté satirically considers the nature of true happiness.      Louis and Emile, prison inmates, escape. What do they do with their freedom? Louis works hard, eventually becoming the owner of […]