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Frank Borzage’s 1930 adaptation of the Hungarian play Liliom is less notable than two other adaptations of the same material. The 1934 adaptation of Liliom was directed by Fritz Lang, one of the great German Expressionism directors who is more well known than Borzage. Liliom would later ba adapted into the stage musical Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein, which would be adapted into a feature film in 1956. Continue reading Liliom (1930)
Asghar Farhadi continues to write and direct some of the most gripping dramas in all of cinema. His breakthrough film About Elly (2009) is a restrained, broiling drama that would go on to define his films. A Separation came out two years later, was nominated for a best foreign film Oscar and demonstrated that Farhadi had a captivating style of filmmaking. In 2013 he made The Past, a coproduction with France with a story of Iranian immigrants caught up in dark secrets being unearthed. Continue reading The Salesman (2016)
Coming off the dramatic, down-to-earth horror story of Rachel Rising, Motor Girl is not what I expected from writer/artist Terry Moore. Just looking at the cover of Motor Girl, the tone here couldn’t be more different than Rachel Rising. I initially worried that Moore would dip into the quirky humor of Images, but Motor Girl has a lot more going on than I expected. Continue reading Motor Girl
James Gray is the most underrated director in America. He continues to make gorgeous, moving dramas while working with big-name actors in some of their best performances. His previous four films (The Yards, We Own the Night, Two Lovers, & The Immigrant) were all nominated for a Palme d’Or, giving him decent international clout, but in America his films have yet to receive an Oscar nomination. Continue reading The Lost City of Z (2016)