MR. AND MRS. IYER (Aparna Sen, 2002)

Aparna Sen, an actress beginning in her teens (Satyajit Ray’s Teen Kanya, 1961, Days and Nights in the Forest, 1969), herself became a filmmaker in the 1980s. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, which Sen wrote (from a story by Dulal Dey) and directed, is a charming, unusually powerful romance in which a young Hindu mother on […]

BEYOND THE FOREST (King Vidor, 1949)

“Nobody’s as good as Bette when she’s bad” — promotion for this film Although she hated it, Bette Davis gives an astounding performance—rich, alert, finely modulated, beautifully balancing selfishness and an aching desire for a better life so that neither exists to justify the other—as Rosa Moline, the restless wife of a Wisconsin mill town […]