Metropolis (1927)

“Today I will tell you the legend of THE TOWER OF BABEL… “Come, let us build us a tower whose top may reach unto the stars! And the top of the tower we will write the words: Great is the world and its Creator! And great is Man!” But the minds that had conceived the…

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

“I didn’t know. I was in a panic. I guessed she’d been bitten by an insect, but there was no doctor. The nearest hospital was forty miles away, and Zoe was continuing to swell. Klara took her in her arms and tried to breast-feed her, while I dialed the hospital. I finally got a doctor…

No Man’s Land (2001)

“Neutrality does not exist in the face of murder. Doing nothing to stop it is, in fact, choosing. It is not being neutral.” ‘No Man’s Land’, directed by Danis Tanović in 2001, is a Bosnian war movie set during the Balkan civil wars of the 1990s. Two soldier from opposing sides are injured between the…

Arsenal (1929)

“To fully appreciate a film like ‘Arsenal’ nowadays, requires a considerable effort of will and historical perspective just in order to adjust one’s attention to its unusual rhythms, its heterogeneous nature and its truly peculiar “speech”. Otherwise, if we see it the way we watch any current release, we may not properly understand anything other…

Murmur of the Heart (1971)

“Children, there’ll be no sermon today. The news from Dien Bien Phu is very troubling. The last survivors face hand-to-hand combat outnumbered ten to one. Let us pray for those heroes who’ve gained the world’s admiration in recent weeks and particularly for two of our students who enlisted, Francois Barsac and Pierre de Chambiges. We’ve…

La Haine (1995)

“Heard about the guy who fell off a skyscraper? On his way down past each floor, he kept saying to reassure himself: So far so good… so far so good… so far so good. How you fall doesn’t matter. It’s how you land!” ‘La Haine’, directed by Mathieu Kassovitz in 1995, is a French drama…

Victoria (2015)

“No, it’s not amazing… I don’t know. I’ve been sixteen and a half years practicing playing the piano. every day, like seven hours every day. Seven is the maximum. You cannot play more, because you’re gonna hurt your arms. And it’s a really hard life, because you have no… you have no life. You have…

The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

“Yes, and I’m not an asshole. And since you want an asshole, my not being an asshole makes me more of an asshole than the assholes that you normally date, because they’re giving you exactly what you want, whereas I, by not being an asshole, am not. Which makes me an asshole.” ‘The Fundamentals of…

Gaslight (1944)

“If I were not mad, I could have helped you. Whatever you had done, I could have pitied and protected you. But because I am mad, I hate you. Because I am mad, I have betrayed you. And because I’m mad, I’m rejoicing in my heart, without a shred of pity, without a shred of…

The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

“You mean just stop? Cold turkey? You don’t understand! The pain…” ‘The Man with the Golden Arm’, directed by Otto Preminger in 1955, is an American drama focusing on the descent into drug addiction and crime of a professional drummer and gambler Frankie Machine, played by Frank Sinatra. Machine has been released from prison where…

Les Bicyclettes de Belsize (1968)

‘Les Bicyclettes de Belsize’, directed by Douglas Hickox in 1968, is a short British romantic vignette starring Judy Huxtable and Anthony May as a fashion model and a young man obsessed with her. May plays a cyclist who, after colliding with a billboard, becomes smitten with a girl. After a series of searches they finally…

Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902)

“As a film pioneer and producer of over 500 short films, Melies made up and invented the film medium as he directed. He developed the art of special effects in earlier films, including double exposure, actors performing with themselves over split screens, and use of the dissolve and fade. He also pioneered the art of…