Silence (Chinmoku, 1971)

By Anton Bitel. In Japan, Christianity is a minority religion of only marginal significance to the nation’s culture, and accordingly Japanese films that focus on Christianity tend to do so as a means to an end. While Norifumi Suzuki’s nunsploitation shocker School of the Holy Beast (Seiju gakuen, 1974), for […]

Army of Shadows (1969)

By Tim Palmer. Few directors have enjoyed a contemporary renaissance like Jean-Pierre Melville.  Over the last five years his career has been newly appraised and celebrated ― especially in the English language ― while many of his films have received meticulous restorations, and at last been re-released.  Today, Melville’s reputation […]

BFI Film Classics: Belle de Jour, Michael Wood, (2000)

Book Review by Daniel Herbert. Michael Wood begins his book on Belle de Jour by characterizing Luis Buñuel’s style as “a form of impatience” (page 8).  One might assume that, at a mere seventy-seven pages, Wood might require a similar impatience to breeze through the intricacies and enigmas that abound […]