Bigger Than Life (1956): A Psychosis of the Real

Written by Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum, based on an article in the New Yorker by Burton Roueche Directed by Nicholas Ray Starring James Mason, Barbara Rush, Christopher Olsen, and Walter Matthau       The period of time surrounding a large election, and the ensuing open discussion of political values, has a way of … Continue reading

Screening Log #76: Black Narcissus (1947)

Written by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, adapted from the novel by Rumer Godden Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger Starring Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Kathleen Byron, and Sabu     The teleological nature of “progress” or “development” is an intrinsically flawed quality. There’s something dismissive, at best, about prescribing that any society or … Continue reading

Screening Log #25: Il deserto rosso (The Red Desert) (1964)

Written by Michelangelo Antonioni and Tonino Guerra Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni Starring Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, and Carlo Chionetti       Early in Red Desert Monica Vitti’s Giuliana tells Richard Harris’ Corrado that she does not want the colour of the walls in her store to clash with the merchandise that she will sell, … Continue reading