A WALK WITH LOVE AND DEATH (John Huston, 1969)

Although he eventually directed her to a richly deserved Oscar for her sly, manipulative Maerose in the satirical crime comedy Prizzi’s Honor (1985), John Huston openly regretted starring teenaged daughter Anjelica, in A Walk with Love and Death, too early. In the face of the largely derisive notices Anjelica received, the elder Huston felt guilt. […]

THE WEDDING NIGHT (King Vidor, 1935)

Three very good performances from Gary Cooper, Helen Vinson and Ralph Bellamy spark The Wedding Night, an affecting early production code-era drama for which King Vidor won the directorial prize at Venice. Edith Fitzgerald’s script, from a story by Edwin H. Knopf, revolves around Tony Barrett (Cooper), a young writer whose successful first novel has […]

THE KARAMAZOVS (Petr Zelenka, 2008)

Sigmund Freud, no less, considered Dostoievski’s The Brothers Karamazov (1880) the greatest novel ever written; and, while numerous books and essays of his refer to it, it is a focus of his 1928 article “Dostoievski and Parricide,” and his speculative masterpiece about the origin of culture, Totem and Taboo (1913), reeks of it. Modeled on […]