LOVE IN THE CITY: ATTEMPTED SUICIDE (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1953)

In 1953 Cesare Zavattini produced L’amore in città, which comprises six short films, each by a different filmmaker, in one instance, two filmmakers, one of them Zavattini, who also contributed to the scripts of all but one of the films. The “city” is contemporary Rome.      Michelangelo Antonioni wrings from the omnibus film’s overarching theme of […]

WHERE LOVE HAS GONE (Edward Dmytryk, 1964)

In the late fifties, Hollywood glamourpuss Lana Turner, once the “sweater girl” and “the girl next door,” became embroiled in a scandal involving the stabbing death of boyfriend Johnny Stompanato, an enforcer for gangster Mickey Cohen, presumably by Turner’s 15-year-old daughter. An inquest determined the motive as self-defense, but rumors arose that the girl, who […]

PART-TIME WORK OF A DOMESTIC SLAVE (Alexander Kluge, 1973)

“In order to have more children herself, Roswitha runs an abortion practice.” — the narrator Although its usual English-translated title sounds severe (Occasional Work of a Female Slave sounds better), West German writer-director Alexander Kluge’s Gelegenheitsarbeit einer Sklavin delights. Although its style is Godardian-disjointed, with photographs, film clips and voiceover narration interrupting, exceptional emotional fluidity […]