PLEASURES OF THE FLESH (Nagisa Oshima, 1965)

What a striking image: in deep darkness, a streak of light that materializes into a young bride in her wedding gown diagonally fleeing across the screen. Apart from the dreamlike quality of the image itself, three things about writer-director Nagisa Oshima’s Etsuraku, adapted from Futaro Yamada’s 1962 novel Kan no Naka no Etsuraku, suggest we […]

“Envy” from THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS (Roberto Rossellini, 1952)

I cannot tell you what goes on in Colette’s 1933 story “La chatte,” upon which it is based, but Camilla, the newly married woman in Roberto Rossellini’s “Envy,” has no rational basis for her antipathy for her husband Olivier’s adorable Saha. Although he could be more sensitive to the “period of adjustment” that Camilla is […]