LOVE IN THE CITY: MATRIMONIAL AGENCY (Federico Fellini, 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.      Federico Fellini made his heartaching “Agenzia matrimoniale” between his first […]

ARRANGED (Diane Crespo, Stefan C. Schaefer, 2007)

Rochel Meshenberg, an Orthodox Jew, and Nasira Khaldi, a Muslim, become friends as first-year fourth-grade teachers at a Brooklyn public school. Their initial point in common is annoyance with their uncouth principal; later, each irritatedly tosses impediments into the traditional process of her impending arranged marriage. This charming, gentle, funny comedy—a delight from start to […]