THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Once upon a time… Four words that transport any viewer, reader or listener into a story from long ago and a world far away. Four words that immediately indicate a fairy tale, but what are fairy tales? Stories told to children that serve to illuminate morals and ethics? Or is it some sort of whimsical fantasy that distracts us from the cruel, hash reality before us? If done well, and watched with a sense of childlike wonder, a fairy tale can be both, and few have done it as well as Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film, The Beauty and the Beast. The … Continue reading THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

THE RULES OF THE GAME

Every great movie holds two similar distinctions: they appear fresh and modern, no matter when they were made, and they are almost always ahead of their time. Of all of these movies, Jean Renoir’s seminal The Rules of the Game (Le règle du jeu), playing Wednesday, May 6 at the Landmark Chez Artiste, might be the most notorious of the bunch. When it opened in 1939, Rules of the Game caused such a commotion that audience members started fighting one another in the theater while one patron lit his newspaper on fire and tried to burn the place down. The … Continue reading THE RULES OF THE GAME