LUCKY PARTNERS (Lewis Milestone, 1940)

Greenwich Village bookseller Jean Newton on an impulse convinces a stranger, quixotic neighbor David Grant, to share with her for good luck a sweepstakes ticket; he extracts her promise, as a condition, that she go on a Platonic “honeymoon” with him, should they win anything, before she settles down by marrying insurance salesman Freddy Harper. […]

STAR OF MIDNIGHT (Stephen Roberts, 1935)

Myrna Loy’s 1935 suspension by M-G-M found William Powell, Loy’s co-star in the hugely popular The Thin Man (1934), playing opposite Luise Rainer in Escapade, Rosalind Russell in Rendezvous and Ginger Rogers, as Donna Mantin, in Star of Midnight, a sparkling mystery-comedy. Reviewers originally remarked that Rogers had nothing like Loy’s polish and sophistication; indeed, […]

EDEN AND AFTER (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1970)

The collapse of the hopes of May 1968, especially among idealistic students, in France: the title of L’éden et après, writer-director Alain Robbe-Grillet’s first film in color, refers to this, and, if one takes this as a starting-point, all the blather about how impenetrable this film is becomes preposterous. Robbe-Grillet’s film, from France and Czechoslovakia, […]