LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)

Låt den rätte komma in is a creepy, dark, depressed Swedish film about two lonely twelve-year-olds, one of whom is a bullied schoolboy, the other a vampire who tells him, “I’ve been 12 for a long time.” The silly script, by John Ajvide Lindqvist from his own novel, was directed with an excess of style […]

FINANCES OF THE GRAND DUKE (Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, 1924)

I was wrong in thinking that Herr Tartüff (1925) was Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s only comedy. Murnau had already made Die Finanzen des Großherzogs; and while it isn’t as brilliant as Herr Tartüff—the difference in quality may be Molière—it also marks Murnau as a wonderful maker of silent comedy, however difficult that may be to process. […]