HITLER’S CHILDREN (Edward Dmytryk, Irving Reis, 1942)

From U.S. educator/war correspondent Gregor Ziemer’s nonfictional Education for Death, Hitler’s Children is a popular melodrama that’s way better than Mrs. Miniver or Casablanca, two more popular melodramas that won consecutive best picture Oscars for the years during which Hitler’s Children was made and released. Edward Dmytryk, who directed nearly the entire film, contributed what […]

FIGHTING ELEGY (Seijun Suzuki, 1966)

It is a slick joke to draw such a tight metal wire of causality between adolescent male sexual frustration and the Japanese imperialist mindset. Written by Kaneto Shindô from Takashi Suzuki’s novel, Seijun Suzuki’s Kenka erejii satirizes both aggressive masculine youth and the film’s own premise (how perverse is that?), underdetermining Japanese aggression on the […]