THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (John Sturges, 1960)

Here is a tedious, unconvincing relocated remake of Akira Kurosawa’s six-years-earlier Seven Samurai; the latter goes uncredited despite the fact that The Magnificent Seven takes it title from the butchered U.S. release version of the Japanese original!      It is basically the same plot headed to the same assertion that only the farmers, in this case […]

THE FOOTBALL INCIDENT (Joris Ivens, Marceline Loridan, 1976)

Like The Pharmacy, Une histoire de ballon, le lycée Nº 31 à Pékin (César, best short film) is part of Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan’s documentary series in China, How Yukong Moved the Mountains. The best film ever made about student-teacher interaction, it also honors the wisdom of China’s leader, Mao Zedong.      The other day, […]

THE DEVIL STRIKES AT NIGHT (Robert Siodmak, 1957)

Having left Hollywood and now back in Germany, Robert Siodmak took up the Lüdke case in Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam. It swept the German Film Awards, winning as best film and for Siodmak’s direction, and in eight other categories, including best actor Hannes Messemer and best cinematographer Georg Krause for his high-contrast black-and-white work. […]