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 #48: The Piano Teacher (2001)

Written by Michael Haneke, based on the novel by Elfriede Jelinek Directed by Michael Haneke Starring Isabelle Huppert, Benoît Magimel, and Annie Girardot       The fact of desire is a strange contradiction. The presence of desire is often romanticized, abstracted into something passionate, but there is implicit in desire an admission of lack … Continue reading