Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula is the basis for two outstanding films, both from Germany, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922), about which I have already written, and Hans W. Geissendörffer’s Jonathan (1970). Tod Browning’s 1931 Hollywood Dracula and, like Jonathan, from West Germany, Werner Herzog’s 1978 Nosferatu are of some substance, and star, respectively, Bela […]
Having revisited in the wee hours one of my favorite movies, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, I have expanded my essay about it: https://grunes.wordpress.com/2007/03/01/ Enjoy again—or for the first time.
On July 2, 1839, a slave revolt occurred that is the starting-point of one of Steven Spielberg’s most widely disparaged films, Amistad, whose title is the name of the cargo (not slave) ship transporting 53 Mendians from West Africa, some of them children, from a slave market in Havana, Cuba, to the settlement of Puerto […]
Robert Wise made bad movies (The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1951, Somebody Up There Likes Me, 1956, The Sound of Music, 1965) and good ones (Executive Suite, 1954, I Want to Live!, 1958, The Sand Pebbles, 1966); but the one flat-out beauty that he made is his eerie, atmospheric, downbeat The Body Snatcher, from […]
Now it’s clear—clearer than even Being John Malkovich (1999) left the matter: Charlie Kaufman is a brilliant comedy writer. Adaptation, another collaboration with director Spike Jonze (pronounced Jones), is curious, audacious and on the mark. It’s all about, on several different levels, adaptation. The premise of the plot is dizzyingly complicated. Being John Malkovich having […]