Category Archives: Movie

British New Wave

“The British New Wave is a style of films released in Great Britain between 1959 and 1963. The label is a translation of Nouvelle Vague, the French term first applied to the films of François Truffaut, and Jean-Luc Godard among … Continue reading

Posted in Movie | Tagged | Leave a comment

I Am Cuba – Mikhail Kalatozov (1964)

“I Am Cuba (Spanish: Soy Cuba; Russian: Я Куба, Ya Kuba) is a 1964 film directed by Mikhail Kalatozov at Mosfilm. An international co-production between the Soviet Union and Cuba, it was not received well by either the Russian or … Continue reading

Posted in Cuban Revolution, Movie | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Our Man in Havana – J. Hoberman

April 10, 1984: “… Well, a lot of things have changed since 1957, but Havana remains a cornucopia of ’50s imagery. It’s actually in fashion! Even modest bungalows out in the suburbs sport curlicue grill­work and harlequin mosaics, jazzily tapered … Continue reading

Posted in Che, Cuban Revolution, Movie, Sports | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Nuclear War Movies: A History of Total Annihilation on Film

Stanley Kramer, On the Beach (1959) “When the Soviets successfully detonated their first A-Bomb in 1949, the world suddenly became acutely aware of the possibility of a global thermonuclear war that could obliterate civilization, leaving only grass and cockroaches behind … Continue reading

Posted in Movie | Tagged | Leave a comment

Film ’60s Hollywood: Power Shifted (or Did It?)

Timothy Bottoms and Cybill Shepherd in “The Last Picture Show” (1971). “The story of what is often called New Hollywood, the era of the easy riders, raging bulls, to borrow the title of Peter Biskind’s 1998 best seller, has been … Continue reading

Posted in Movie | Tagged | Leave a comment

Cahiers du Cinéma

“The first issue of Cahiers du Cinéma was dated April 1951 and featured on its cover a black-and-white still of Gloria Swanson, bathed in the beam of an unseen movie projector, from Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard. The choice seems ironic … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Movie | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Ermanno Olmi – Il Posto (1961)

“Ermanno Olmi’s first feature, Il Posto (1961), is often misrepresented as being a continuation of the tradition of neorealism. This highly influential postwar film movement, which produced such masterpieces as Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City (1945) and Vittorio De Sica’s … Continue reading

Posted in Italy, Movie | Tagged , | Leave a comment