Archive for August, 2012

The Silence of the Lambs

This video-essay on Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs examines the phenomenon of looking and shows how central it is to the horror genre.

Tony Scott

Despite his many box-office successes, critics did not hold Tony Scott in high regard. With the sad news of his death, we offer a re-evaluation of his work.

Paths of Glory

Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Humphrey Cobb’s novel was not shown in France for three decades and despite the passing years, it still has the power to shock.

The Last

The Last is a multi-award winning short film about a shoemaker who pledged his fiancée he would make her the most beautiful pair of shoes for their wedding. Now, some fifty years later he is finally fulfilling his promise. But his business has fallen away and his rent is in arrears.

Escape

Escape is a multi-award winning short film about a deaf girl who runs away from home. The story is told entirely without dialogue and features an experimental soundtrack used to provide an impression as to the sounds the girl would feel by way of vibrations.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s has an enduring appeal very far removed from its literary source, Truman Capote’s novella about a Manhattan prostitute.

Sunset Blvd.

Sunset Blvd. tasted like very black coffee when it was released in 1950 and if anything, Billy Wilder’s classic tale has only darkened over the years.


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