DOUBT (John Patrick Shanley, 2008)

Less stagy than reviewers claim, Doubt is so successful as a period piece that even the wind blowing leaves around St. Nicholas, a co-ed Catholic school in the Bronx, seems to belong to the mid-sixties. Adapted by John Patrick Shanley from his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Shanley’s film opens with a montage of nearby streets, introducing […]

MUSIC IN DARKNESS (Ingmar Bergman, 1948)

A sensitive love story, thirty-year-old writer-director Ingmar Bergman’s Musik i mörker is full of hope for the future. Uncomplicated by Bergman’s pessimism, atheism or sour disposition, it provides gracious pleasure.      There is some gloom, however. The cultured young protagonist, Bengt Vyldeke, after all, loses his sight in a military training exercise—a glimpse of Bergman’s antiwar […]