AN EDUCATION (Lone Scherfig, 2009)

Based on British journalist Lynn Barber’s memoir, which Nick Hornby (About a Boy, 2002) has adapted, An Education centers on 16-year-old Jenny Mellor, whose involvement with charming David Goldman, about twice her age, beginning in 1961 introduces her to a whirl of sophistication, fancy dinners and fine French movies that threatens to divert her from […]

CUL-DE-SAC (Roman Polanski, 1966)

Roman Polanski recently won the directorial prize at Berlin for his exhilarating, humane The Ghost Writer (2009); but more than forty years ago a film of his took the top prize, the Golden Bear, at the same international film festival. This was the British Cul-de-sac, Polanski’s second, black-and-white film after exiting Communist Poland.      Two wounded […]