A while back my good friend Pablo Kjølseth — the master behind CU-Boulder’s International Film Series — asked me to guest write a post for TCM’s Movie Morlocks, now retitled Streamline in conjunction with FilmStruck. I chose to write about one of Federico Fellini’s best, La Strada. An excerpt: Fellini began his career as Roberto Rossellini’s assistant director and one-time actor (L’amore, 1948) while Rossellini was helping to develop Italian neorealism. But the kind of neorealism Fellini adopted was not the harshness of post-war existence — as depicted in Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves and Umberto D. — but of a … Continue reading LA STRADA


Our collective view of World War II has changed greatly since the liberation of Europe and the defeat of the Axis in 1945. Information has come to light and disturbing discoveries have puckered our understanding of the last world war, but there once was time when WWII spawned a great deal of comedic material. Movies like Stalag 17 (1953), The Great Escape (1963), even the TV show Hogan’s Heroes (1965–1971) found the lighter aspects of the war — particularly in those who found ways to maintain humanity through frivolity. Life is often silly, even when it is under incredible duress. … Continue reading THE SECRET OF SANTA VITTORIA