WELCOME, MR. MARSHALL! (Luis García Berlanga, 1952)

“I will not put up with any irony.” Sharply written by the director, Luis García Berlanga, along with Juan Antonio Bardem and Miguel Mihura, ¡Bienvenido Mister Marshall! is a film from Spain whose hectic satirical comedy, especially given its lively, dense scenes of humanity, somewhat resembles Preston Sturges’s Hollywood films. (Fernando Rey’s calm voiceover narration […]

WET ASPHALT (Frank Wisbar, 1958)

Written by Will Tremper, immersed in gorgeous gloom by Helmut Ashley’s black-and-white cinematography and electrified by Horst Buchholz’s lead performance, Nasser Asphalt is a superficial film, set in 1951 Berlin, about honest versus dishonest print journalism in relation to the gathering “history” referencing the recent world war that ended in Germany’s defeat. It is about […]