TOKYO SENSO SENGO HIWA (Nagisa Oshima, 1970)

Dazzlingly directed by Nagisa Oshima, Tokyo senso sengo hiwa—called in the States The Man Who Left His Will on Film—revolves around Motoki, a member of a cell of young activists who document by filming public protests and official abuse. In its fated, circular narrative domain, the film opens on a day of demonstrations with Motoki […]

BLUE (Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1993)

With her trademark wan smile through suggestions of enormous suffering, Juliette Binoche (best actress, Venice, César) is wonderful as Julie Vignon de Courcy in the launch of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Trois Tricouleurs trilogy, Bleu. (Each film visually spins off a color of the French national flag; Poland’s Kieślowski had moved to France.) Julie loses both Patrice, […]