Category Archives: Movie

Salvatore Giuliano – Francesco Rosi (1962)

“The trailer for Salvatore Giuliano (1962) begins with a town crier walking down a Sicilian street, banging a drum. This is followed by a group of men distributed across the town square, one playing a Jew’s harp. The crier is … Continue reading

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Apocalypse Now (1979)/ Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) – Francis Ford Coppola

“Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic war film directed, produced, and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola. It was co-written by John Milius with narration written by Michael Herr. It stars Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Frederic Forrest, Albert … Continue reading

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La commare secca – Bernardo Bertolucci (1962)

“The above are the building blocks of an Italian cinema masterpiece, written and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci based on a story by Pier Paolo Pasolini. The backdrop story is that Bertolucci has started his career assisting Pasolini in his first … Continue reading

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Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment – Robert Drew (1963)

“Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment is a 1963 cinéma vérité documentary film directed by Robert Drew. The film centers on the University of Alabama‘s “‘Stand in the Schoolhouse Door‘ integration crisis of June 1963. Drew and the other filmmakers, including … Continue reading

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Off the Blacklist: The Films of Jan Němec

“Jan Němec’s first three features—made in a creative flurry between 1964 and 1967—are pared-down, taut, fatless movies. Taken together, they can be seen as a central source text for the Czech New Wave, of which Němec is one of the … Continue reading

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Good Morning Vietnam – Barry Levinson (1987)

“Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 American comedy-drama war film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Barry Levinson. Set in Saigon in 1965, during the Vietnam War, the film stars Robin Williams as a radio DJ on Armed Forces … Continue reading

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Remembering Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini at Antonio Gramsci’s tomb, 1970. “The day after Pier Paolo Pasolini’s violent 1975 murder, L’Unità, the Italian Communist Party’s (PCI) newspaper, described him as ‘vero militante,’ a true militant. Just a few decades prior, a column in … Continue reading

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