THE TRUTH (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1960)

Consensus has determined that La vérité is one of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s artistic failures, but it has its defenders, and it won a best picture Golden Globe and the directorial prize for Clouzot at Mar del Plata. Does it possess merit?      Set in Paris, the film revolves around the capital trial of twenty-year-old Dominique Marceau for […]

THE HELP (Tate Taylor, 2011)

I have it on good authority that Kathryn Stockett’s popular novel The Help is trash; writer-director Tate Taylor’s film of it is somewhat better than that, especially in terms of the enjoyable laughter it generates. However, it is disappointingly shallow regarding life in the South—here, Jackson, Mississippi—during the momentous, tumultuous 1960s. Budding young journalist “Skeeter” […]