Three Colors: Blue, White, and Red (1993)

This brief review was written as a summary for the Arts and Faith Top 100 Films List. - The great and final act of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s remarkable career was the production of a trilogy called Three Colors — Blue, White, and Red — that represents the colors of the French flag, and the values they represent: liberty, equality and fraternity. This symphonic, poetic trilogy intrigued me in my first encounter with its opening chapter, Blue. Then it began to haunt me, and I returned to … [Read more...]

Specials: Gillian Welch! Kieslowski’s Veronique! The Simpsons!

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Specials: “Inside Man” – Spike Lee’s best film? Betty Page. Kieslowski.

Sunday specials: THE BEST SPIKE LEE FILM EVER? (via GreenCine Daily) Emmanuel Levy nearly hyperventilates raving about Spike Lee's Inside Man: ... nothing short of brilliant. As of March, it's the best film of 2006. It's also the best film Lee has made in his twenty-year career. I'll review the film at length next week, but for now, the best compliment I can pay Lee and Inside Man is to say that both the master of suspense Hitchcock and prince of New York City police dramas Sidney Lumet … [Read more...]

Doug Cummings on Jean Renoir’s "The River"

Peter Greenaway once said that cinema as an "art form" has yet to be established. He meant that, so far, movies aren't much more than illustrated narratives: books with moving pictures to bring the manuscripts to life. That comment has stuck with me, as I've begun to appreciate, more and more, how film can communicate through methods other than storytelling. Like the animals who respond to the beauty of the music in The Story of the Weeping Camel, I think human beings respond to imagery, … [Read more...]