RICHARD III (Laurence Olivier, 1955)

Laurence Olivier, whose Henry V (1944) is the only British film on my list of the one hundred greatest films,* working again in color proves himself astonishing directing another Shakespeare play, Richard III. Now is the anytime of our perfect bliss whenever we revisit it.      It is a film of shadows, beginning with a shadow-action: […]

LANDSCAPE AFTER BATTLE (Andrzej Wajda, 1970)

Based on autobiographical stories by Tadeusz Borowski, Andrzej Wajda’s Krajobraz po bitwie opens with an irritating long sequence, silent but set to raucous music, portraying the American liberation of a German death camp in 1945. The prisoners appear exceptionally well fed, perhaps on unlimited quantities of wiener schnitzel and polish sausage. As the men peel […]