Could it have been only a dozen years since he played schoolboy François Jaubert in Claude Autant-Lara’s Le diable au corps (1946), from Raymond Radiguet’s novel? Dying of liver cancer, Gérard Philipe was no longer the handsomest actor in the movies. In Les liaisons dengereuses, Roger Vadim’s jazz-infused update of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s late […]

HUSBANDS (John Cassavetes, 1970)

Three male New York suburbanites, in their mid-thirties to early forties, hit a mid-life crisis when the fourth member of their tightly knit friendship dies. After the funeral, the guys decide to abandon jobs, wives and children. They even take flight for a London holiday.      Writer-director John Cassavetes’ Husbands, especially in its extended DVD edition, […]