The visual storytelling allows us to disconnect from our modern-day reality and enter an historical period that is as different from our own as the black-and-white is from color.
A meditation about the effects of greed and isolation on the human psyche, this Oscar darling gave Humphrey Bogart his darkest role.
Made with such care and focus on the particulars of the situation that one doesn’t have to agree with Hittman’s perspective to be moved by the film.
Exists as a reminder not only of a time when filmmakers had more latitude but of the types of production that would find little traction in today’s changed cinematic marketplace.
With a quarter-century-long friendship in the cross-hairs, "Driving Miss Daisy" tracks the evolution of race and class relations during a tumultuous era.
Quintessential film noir; anyone wondering what that means need only watch the movie to understand its impact and importance during the heart of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-01-22
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Sensuality, Brief Nudity)
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Cast: John Lone, Wu Junmei, Ric Young, Maggie Han, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Dennis Dun, Victor Wong, Ying Ruocheng, Peter O’Toole, Joan Chen, Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa
In addition to cementing its reputation with the Oscar win, "The Last Emperor" illustrated that Bertolucci could do more than make lurid artistic fare.
Stands out from most surviving silent films in both its epic scope and ability to craft scenes and images that remain effective nearly 100 years later.