THE BEAUTIFUL PERSON (Christophe Honoré, 2008)

Originally made for French television, La belle personne updates to the present Marie Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne’s (Madame de La Fayette’s) 1678 novel La Princesse de Clèves, transferring its sexual and other intrigues from royal court to high school, in this case, a distressingly dilapidated one. When the action starts, young, popular Nemours, who […]

EARTH (Leif Peterson, 2010)

“Earth,” which Portlander Leif Peterson wrote and directed, is a horrible film—strained, pretentious, self-congratulatory, insipid. In the viewing, its twenty minutes seem like 90 minutes.      Peterson recasts the story of Cain and Abel in the nineteenth-century American West. Adam, the brothers’ father, completes the trio of characters. There is a general contrast between the open […]


News has just arrived of the death of Chilean-born Râúl Ruiz, one of the world’s most intriguing filmmakers. Below are my blog entries on some of his films, which I’ve arranged in the order in which the films were made. — Dennis HYPOTHESIS OF THE STOLEN PAINTING (1978) Perhaps the two most dazzling and brilliant […]