KOKYÔ (Yôji Yamada, 1972)

“Our work will end here tomorrow.” Someone on the Internet Movie Database identified this film as one of his ten favorites, possibly even among the top five, intriguing me. I had seen two other films by Yôji Yamada, A Distant Cry from Spring (1980), which I like a lot, and Twilight Samurai (2002), which I […]

THE BOYS OF PAUL STREET (Zoltán Fábri, 1968)

Populated by both British and Hungarian actors, Zoltán Fábri’s A pál-utcai fiúk, nominated for an Oscar as best foreign-language film, is a joint production of Hungary and the U.S. based on the novel by Ferenc Molnár that was first published in 1906. Like Molnár’s book, the film is anti-nationalism, anti-militarism, antiwar, although its conclusion, which […]