LA PRISONNIERE (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1968)

“Perversion exists; and, to describe it in its most crushing and tragic form, I had to go as far as possible without being afraid of traumatizing the audience.” — Henri-Georges Clouzot Dazzling and overwhelming, somehow both sumptuous and austere, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s last film is among his most intriguing work. La prisonnière—variously called in English The […]

ASHES (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2012)

Advertising their 35mm camera, the LomoKino website invites potential customers to “go back to the early days of motion picture” while awakening their own “analogue cinematic fantasies”—as Thailand’s reigning auteur, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, has done (except for a digital finale) with his exquisite, haunting “Ashes.” This short work—since its premiere at Cannes last Friday it has […]

SHAME (Steve McQueen, 2011)

Intensely lonely and forlorn in an impersonal urban environment (ah, the cliché of it all), yuppie Brandon Sullivan is addicted to sexual pornography and to sexual encounters of his own that conform to the impersonality and meaninglessness—in both senses, the rush—this pornography provides. However, none of this is the “shame” to which the title of […]