MAHAL (Kamal Amrohi, 1949)

Its extreme length burdened to the point of multiple fractures in a meandering, attenuated narrative, writer-director Kamal Amrohi’s The Mansion nevertheless possesses an eerie charm that sporadically draws us in after we feel we’ve been shut out: a facsimile of protagonist Hari Shankar’s enrapture with Kamini, the succulent, ghostly girl who keeps appearing and disappearing, […]

NEAR THE END

Losses are like additions to a house: the multiplication of space— a hoped-for extension of time. But all houses, now, burn or collapse, or drape the withering tree we tote in black attire, or drop songs of birds inside the fire inside the fire.

THE MILL & THE CROSS (Lech Majewski, 2011

The Spanish Inquisition: In 1564, Flanders is overrun by Spanish soldiers, atop their horses and wearing savagely “red tunics,” running down, brutalizing, “crucifying” Protestants for being “heretics” as a member of the community, painter Pieter Bruegel, plans and orchestrates outdoors one of his masterpieces, Procession on the Way to Calvary, in which the whipped Jesus […]