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 […]

Isolationism in Dead Man Walking

By Dustin Griffin, Honorable Mention in the 2006 Frank Capra Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Film Criticism. Dead Man Walking (1995) is about religious faith and the societal issues surrounding the death penalty; the film deconstructs the issue of forgiveness as it is taught in the Old Testament, with its […]

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 […]