THE HORSE SOLDIERS (John Ford, 1959)

Based on an actual American Civil War incident in which Union Cavalry Col. Benjamin H. Grierson and troopers ventured deep into confederate territory to destroy southern rails and a supply center, John Ford’s The Horse Soldiers keenly disappoints. During the shoot, stuntman Fred Kennedy, who had been part of Ford’s crew for a decade, died […]

HOUSE (Amos Gitaï, 1980)

As abrasive as stone, brilliant in stark black and white, the documentary Bayit, which launched a trilogy, I understand, consisting of two more stop-bys to the same house in West Jerusalem, first announced Amos Gitaï as Israel’s greatest filmmaker. After commissioning it, Israeli television suppressed the film for its unblinking view, in miniature, of the […]