THE HOUSE OF THE ANGEL (Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, 1957)

I have just added this entry to my list of the 100 Greatest Films from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, which you will find in two parts on this blogsite. Adapting her own novel, La casa del ángel, Beatriz Guido gave spouse Leopoldo Torre Nilsson an excellent script; but it is Nilsson’s dark, precise, […]

THE NEW WORLD (Terrence Malick, 2005)

A collective dream of the American past, Terrence Malick’s The New World is beauteous and bewitching. Its centerpiece is the beautiful acting of 14-year-old Q’Orianka Kilcher, who plays Pocahontas. Colin Farrell, as John Smith, is the film’s principal weakness (Christopher Plummer is another weakness); but, by way of compensation, Christian Bale is excellent as John […]

PRAVDA (Jean-Luc Godard et al., 1970)

Pierrot le fou’s (1965) disembodied voices of Ferdinand and Marianne, the transient spirit of romance, have become the politicized, revolutionary voices of Vladimir and Rosa, as in Lenin and Luxemburg, in Pravda, by Jean-Luc Godard and the filmmaking cooperative to which he belonged at the time, Groupe Dziga Vertov. Vladimir and Rosa observe and discuss […]