BOY A (John Crowley, 2007)

John Crowley’s trenchant Boy A takes its title from the procedure in British courts to shield the identities of underaged criminal defendants. In the past, two ten-year-old boys ended the life—we aren’t shown precisely how—of a girl their own age after she confronts them with verbal abuse and class condescension and accuses them of spying […]

LOLA MONTES (Max Ophüls, 1955)

Lola Montès, Max Ophüls’s final, uneven, but intermittently most brilliant film, projects twentieth-century self-objectification and selfconsciousness back into the nineteenth to address the emergence of the idea of celebrity. Its case in point is an actual celebrity, Maria Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert, a.k.a. Lola Montès, ersatz dancer, acrobat, and scandalous lover, including of King Ludwig […]