DON’T TOUCH THE AXE (Jacques Rivette, 2007)

“The Duchess of Langeais is my mistress!”      Armand, the Marquis of Montriveau, is being premature when he announces this in solitude to whatever is keeping score. Indeed, he will never have Antoinette, who is married, and whose future cloistered marriage will be with Jesus Christ. Beginning in 1823, Armand is obsessed; for him, the consummation […]

COMPANY LIMITED (Satyajit Ray, 1971)

The middle part of Satyajit Ray’s “Calcutta trilogy,” based on Manisankar “Sankar” Mukherjee’s novel, Seemabaddha begins brilliantly, in a pre-credit passage with a documentary air, as protagonist Shyamalendu Chatterjee’s voiceover introduces both himself, a student of the humanities who once worked as an English teacher, and the company for which he now works as marketing […]