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  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • The Searchers
  • Au Hasard Balthazar
  • Vertigo

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  • The Trial

    ★★★★★

  • Gaslight

    ★★★

  • Accident

    ★★★★

  • Hot Fuzz

    ★★★★½

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  • The Trial

    The Trial

    ★★★★★

    A potent rendition of Kafka's bureaucratic nightmare from Orson Welles is one of the director's masterpieces. Anthony Perkins' fidgety guiltiness matches Welles' noir-like shadow play. Form meets substance, and as usual, Welles make the most of his budget limitations.

  • Gaslight

    Gaslight

    ★★★

    George Cukor directs with elegance, but is perhaps the wrong director for this particular psychological thriller. Hitchcock, for instance, took similar material and probed the depths of sanity, but here there is little suspense because the dynamics are established from the beginning and turn out to be exactly what we expected from the beginning.

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    A sacrilege and an abomination to the horror genre, if not cinema entire. Taking the outline of Dario Argento's 1977 horror masterpiece, director Luca Guadagnino adds an hour, removes all semblance of artistry, and inflates it with pomposity. Argento's film operated as a visually stimulating, fairy tale-nightmare, but Guadagnino operates as a predictable political allegory with little narrative cohesion. At one point Tilda Swinton muses that "(art/dance) must seek to break the nose of beauty." I profoundly disagree. Guadagnino, however, for what it's worth, seems to have succeeded.

  • Good Morning, Night

    Good Morning, Night

    ★★★★½

    Yet another keenly insightful examination of Italian political and religious modern history through an intimate dramatization of the Red Brigade's kidnapping and ultimate murder of Aldo Moro, the leader of Italy's (now largely defunct) Christian Democratic party. Whereas most films tend to sentimentalize 60's-70's radicalism (especially at the expense of religious traditionalism), Bellochio looks deeper and utilizes moral confusion to reflect political conflict.