Why do you want to dance?” the man asks the girl. The girl pauses and answers his question with a question, “Why do you want to live?” “I don’t know exactly why,” the man responds with a smile. “But I … Continue reading THE RED SHOES
Made in 1925, Charlie Chaplin’s greatest comedy is also his most recognizable. From the Little Tramp (Chaplin) woefully underdressed in the Klondike to hunger so intense he envisions his cabin-mate as a large roast chicken. But it’s the dance of … Continue reading THE GOLD RUSH
A young woman knows where she is going. She always has. Today it is to the island of Kiloran in the Scottish Hebrides. It will take a day and a night to get there—first by train, then by boat—but when … Continue reading I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING!
Filmmaking is an act of optimism. Setting ideas to paper; convincing others to come and join the party; devoting time, money, blood, sweat, and tears to capture those images on celluloid; believing those images can carry meaning throughout the world; … Continue reading THE TALES OF HOFFMANN
With shelter-in-place orders here to stay for the foreseeable future, moviegoing remains a homebound activity. That’s fine and all, there are more movies to see via streaming than we could watch in several lifetimes, but a wealth of options can … Continue reading BLACK NARCISSUS
I think that a film should have a good story, a clear story, and it should have, if possible, something which is probably the most difficult thing—it should have a little bit of magic. Magic being untouchable and very difficult … Continue reading Born On This Day — December 5, 1902
Of course, all films are surrealist. They are because they are making something that looks like a real world but isn’t. Seventy years ago there were men like D.W. Griffith and seventy years later—now—there are not many men like Martin … Continue reading Born On This Day — September 30
The great innovators have always been fearless . . . I have fallen off haystacks, out of trees, over cliffs. I have been nearly drowned, shot and hanged. I have been in countless car crashes without getting a scratch. I … Continue reading In Their Words — Saturday, April 27, 2013