Odd Man Out (1947)

“I remember. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I understood as a child. But when I became a man, I put way childish things. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not charity, I am become a sounding brass or…

The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

“Praise be to Allah – the beneficent King – the Creator of the Universe – Lord of the Three Worlds!” ‘The Thief of Bagdad’, directed by Raoul Walsh in 1924, is a silent American historical adventure produced by and starring Douglas Fairbanks. Fairbanks plays Ahmed, the titular thief, a man who lives selfishly by his…

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

“Now, look. I got no wife. I got no kids. Boy, I got a town that don’t want me. And I got an air conditioner that I have to oil myself, and a desk with a busted leg. And on top of that, I got this, uh… place. Now, don’t you think that’d drive a man to takin’ a few drinks? I’ll tell you a secret. Nobody comes here. Never.”

The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

“Some people are resistant by nature. In other words, some people are naturally headstrong. Others on the contrary, try to adapt to the circumstances, and get what they can out of it. If you are a resistant over everything and nothing, you’re exaggerating. But if you accept everything, you’re lying.”

The Gleaners and I (2000)

“I have two hands. One has a camera — the other one is acting, in a way. I love the idea that with these handheld cameras — these new numeric things — very light, but, on the other hand, very “macrophoto.” You know what is macro? You can approach things very near. I can, with…

Two Women (1960) and A Special Day (1977)

This review of ‘Two Women’ and ‘A Special Day’ on DVD first appeared on We Are Cult on the 6th of November 2016 CultFilms, a new independent label specialising in world cinema, have released restored versions of two award-winning Sophia Loren movies: ‘Two Women’, from 1960 and ‘A Special Day’ from 1977 on DVD and…

Bob le flambeur (1956)

“Locks are like pretty ladies. You need to practise to know them.” ‘Bob le flambeur’, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville in 1956, is a French crime drama starring Roger Duchesne as Bob, an aging ex-con and professional gambler, down on his luck, who plans one final heist. Bob lives in Montmartre and spends his nights attending…

London (1992)

“Life is a hospital where every patient is obsessed by the desire of changing beds. One would like to supper opposite the stove another is sure he’d get well beside the window.” ‘London’, directed by Patrick Keiller in 1992, is the first of a trilogy of documentary films that include ‘Robinson in Space’ and ‘Robinson…

Arrival (2016)

“Come back to me.” ‘Arrival’, directed by Denis Villeneuve in 2016, is an American science fiction movie starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. Adams plays Louise Banks who is recruited by the US military when mysterious pods the size of skyscrapers appear in twelve locations around the Earth. With the help of theoretical physicist Ian…

A Journey Through Early Almodóvar

This review of ‘The Almodóvar Collection’ DVD boxset first appeared on We Are Cult on the 21st of September 2016 The critical success of ‘Julieta’, released this summer, makes this boxset of newly restored versions of Pedro Almodóvar’s early movies all the more timely. The collection, available on DVD and Blu-Ray from StudioCanal, includes six…

Good Morning, Night (2003)

“We are soldiers. Show some revolutionary spirit!” ‘Good Morning, Night’, directed by Marco Bellocchio in 2003, is an Italian film set in 1976. It tells the real story of the kidnapping of Aldo Moro, the former prime minister of Italy and leader of the Christian democracy party in Italy. The film is told from the…

Adam’s Rib (1949)

“Lawyers should never marry other lawyers. This is called in-breeding; from this comes idiot children… and other lawyers.” ‘Adam’s Rib’, directed by George Cukor in 1949, is an American courtroom comedy starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The two actors play a husband and wife who are both lawyers. When a woman almost kills her…