THIS LAND IS MINE (Jean Renoir, 1943)

Beneath a public statue commemorating those who died in the First World War lies a torn, discarded newspaper with the headline, “Hitler Invades.” Louise Martin, a schoolteacher is some town “somewhere in [Occupied] Europe,” let us say France, is romantically involved with a factory owner whose ideology of capitalism, bolstered by memories of his pesky […]

REAR WINDOW (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)

Hollywood division of labor sometimes consists of one soul’s work opposing or complementing another’s. From Cornell Woolrich’s story, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window is a case in point. John Michael Hayes’s brilliant, cynical script represents the postwar complacency that Hitchcock’s filmmaking lays bare.      Photojournalist L. B. Jefferies, confined for weeks to a cast for a broken […]