MOANA (Robert J. Flaherty, 1926)

A film cannot do better to announce its subversive intent than to open with a shot that traverses a tree from crown to ground rather than the other way around. On the making of Moana documentarian Robert J. Flaherty spent three years, two of them dedicated to living among the Polynesian natives on a Samoan […]

ROOM AT THE TOP (Jack Clayton, 1958)

Although mainstream, Room at the Top, from John Braine’s first novel, owes something to the British Free Cinema movement and itself launched the “kitchen-sink” genre. It was deemed most radical for divesting British cinema of its traditional sexual reticence; but what astounds me is its employment of a bomb-blasted northern slum as a metaphor for […]