CLAUDIA (Edmund Goulding, 1943)

In the role she originated on Broadway in Rose Franken’s play, Dorothy McGuire is wonderful as Claudia, David Naughton’s child bride in rural Connecticut, in London-born Edmund Goulding’s Claudia, a much better film than many realize. Leon Shamroy’s black-and-white photography, dark and dim, is an intricate mosaic of shadows so that Goulding can suggest the […]

THE WEDDING DIRECTOR (Marco Bellocchio, 2007)

Franco Elica (Sergio Castellitto, perfect) is a fiftysomething filmmaker who augments his income by videographing weddings. At one such wedding, he is supposed to shoot the scene in “the Visconti style”—“like Il Gattopardo,” a member of the groom’s party chimes in. But wait: Does this really happen at all? Marco Bellocchio’s Il regista di matrimoni […]