TRISTANA (Luis Buñuel, 1970)

Luis Buñuel’s black comedy Tristana, while taken from Benito Pérez Galdós’s 1892 novel, reflects twentieth-century political concerns, and owes something also to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958). It is less an allegory of Spain’s modern political history than a mismatch of humanity and politics, where each side is riddled with ambiguity. Perhaps Buñuel means to suggest […]

DRAGON CHOW (Jan Schütte, 1987)

The German critics named Drachenfutter—literally, Dragon Feed—the year’s best film. Neatly—perhaps a bit too neatly—written by Jan Schütte and Thomas Strittmatter, it is beautifully directed by Schütte, whose first feature it was. Schütte’s most recent film is Love Comes Lately (2007), based on stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer, and among the numerous films Schütte made […]