UNE PARTIE DE PLAISIR (Claude Chabrol, 1975)

Esther cuts her salad at table and cuts short her vowels when she speaks. Philippe confesses to a friend, “I wonder why I love her, but I do.”      When Esther, who is younger, states her preference for looking ahead rather than back, Philippe responds: “You think the future means youth? It means death!”      The unmarried […]

KAGEMUSHA (Akira Kurosawa, 1980)

“War is everywhere.” Akira Kurosawa’s most Brechtian film is also among his most Shakespearean films. Kagemusha won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and numerous other prizes for film and direction. The pre-credit sequence, consisting of a single shot, launches the film’s fascination. Three lookalikes appear, two of them sitting in chairs on a raised platform, […]