TOUT VA BIEN (Jean-Pierre Gorin, Jean-Luc Godard, 1972)

A stunning passage graces Tout va bien, a film that reflects on the shift to the hard political right in France following the failed Paris uprising, nationwide strikes and, a few months later, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, all in 1968. It is a set-piece so brilliant that viewers might be forgiven for forgetting that […]

LIBERTY KID (Ilya Chaiken, 2007)

The film’s socioeconomic point of departure is exceedingly low: two teenaged Brooklyn friends, Derrick and Tico, man a concession stand on Liberty Island. Theirs are minimum-wage jobs, and after September 11, 2001, they lose even these when Liberty Island is shut down. Meanwhile, Dominican-born Derrick still has an adorable set of twins—his daughter’s name is […]