THE NASTY GIRL (Michael Verhoeven, 1990)

Loud, aggressive, irritatingly self-congratulatory, writer-director Michael Verhoeven’s comedy Das Schreckliche Mädchen is fact-based. Sonja Rosenberger, the high school student that Lena Stolze (best actress, German Film Awards) spiritedly plays, derives from an actual student, Anja Rosmus, who stirred things up with her research into the truth behind her Bavarian town’s legendary resistance to Nazism. (The […]

ELEKTRA, MY LOVE (Miklós Jancsó, 1974)

Working from László Gyurkó’s play, Miklós Jancsó finds a folk use for the ancient Greek Oresteia myth in Szerelmem, Elektra: a representation of the Hungarian people and their historic suffering.      It has been fifteen years since the death of her father, Agamemnon, and Elektra (Mari Töröcsik, claiming yet another terrific role) still burns with hatred […]