HE WHO MUST DIE (Jules Dassin, 1957)

Following the academic, lame, turgid Du rififi chez les hommes (Rififi, 1955), Connecticut-born Jules Dassin, blacklisted in the U.S., made another film in France; this one, however, was stirring and without doubt his most personal one ever. Celui qui doit mourir is an adaptation of the novel O Hristos Xanastavronetai—The Christ Recrucified—by Greece’s Nikos Kazantzakis. […]


Finely photographed by Mieczysław Jahoda, delicately crafted, Wojciech Jerzy Has’s Rękopis znaleziony w Saragossie is based on Jan Potocki’s 1814 novel. (Count Potocki committed suicide the following year.) Jerry Garcia, of The Grateful Dead, donated a print of this, his favorite film, to the Pacific Film Archive on condition that he could revisit it upon […]