MON ONCLE (Jacques Tati, 1958)

I like Jacques Tati a lot, along with his persona Monsieur Hulot, but I find My Uncle exceptionally annoying despite its Oscar, other best foreign-language film prizes from the New York critics and Spain’s film writers, and the best film prize from France’s film critics.      My Uncle finds M Hulot battling the impersonal, mechanized modern […]

SAWDUST AND TINSEL (Ingmar Bergman, 1953)

Arty, lame, masochistic, mean-spirited, Gycklarnas afton—literally, Twilight of a Clown, but provocatively titled in the U.S., originally, The Naked Night—reminds us why we disliked Ingmar Bergman even as we liked some of his films. This was one sick puppy, and (despite his pathetic protests to the contrary) it is not his father who was to […]