ALL OF THE CATS OF THE WORLD ARE IN MOURNING. YESTERDAY, CHRIS MARKER DIED. ONE OF CINEMA’S MOST RESTLESS, PROBING SPIRITS (SEE BELOW), HE WAS 91.   Dennis THE CASE OF THE MISSING CAT (Chris Marker, 2004) A sequel of sorts to Le fond de l’air est rouge (1977), Chats perchés finds Chris Marker, the world’s […]


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 […]


Word has arrived that director Sidney Lumet, 86, has died. A dozen reasons to honor the late Sidney Lumet: Henry Fonda and E. G. Marshall in “12 Angry Men” Joanne Woodward and Anna Magnani in “The Fugitive Kind” Dean Stockwell, Katharine Hepburn and Jason Robards Jr. in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” Juano Hernandez in […]


News has just reached me of Claude Chabrol’s death. While working toward my doctorate in English literature, I minored in film; my thesis in this minor was about Chabrol. For most of my film-viewing life, I have worshipped at the shrine of Chabrol’s cinema. A Chabrol film led to the creation of the nouvelle vague; […]


The news that the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted the world’s greatest living filmmaker, Jean-Luc Godard, an honorary Oscar for his illustrious and legendary body of work is good news indeed. Please click the “tag” below for access to all my entries on Godard’s films, including […]