THE BLACK DEVIL (Georges Méliès, 1905)

We must take pioneering French filmmaker Georges Méliès at his word that he had no interest in turning film into art but, rather, wished to create theatrical scenes—but scenes containing camera tricks to conjure illusions that could not occur on stage. Le diable noir, called in the U.S. The Black Imp, is typical of his […]

THE ENTERTAINER (Tony Richardson, 1960)

One of the greatest casts ever assembled electrifies The Entertainer, John Osborne’s sturdy play that Osborne and Nigel Kneale adapted and Tony Richardson directed starkly, if crudely and disjointedly. (Richardson would make only one other film even half as good: A Delicate Balance, 1973, from Edward Albee’s play.) Laurence Olivier is staggering re-creating his stage […]