"In the Name of the Father" took the top prize, but it was British director Ken Loach's gritty drama "Ladybird Ladybird" that dominated awards at the 44th Berlin Intl. Film Festival, which closed…
MCA president Sidney Sheinberg, who is widely credited with recognizing Steven Spielberg’s talent almost two decades ago, will present the American Society of Cinematographers Governors’ Award to…
Jacques Rivette's ambitious, enormously long and detailed production toplines Sandrine Bonnaire as the Maid, and though she's too old for the role (Joan died at 19), she gives a mostly impressive…
A kind of arty "Mad Maxim Beyond Smelterdome," Hungarian-born helmer Tamas Toth's freshman feature melds Soviet industrial grunge with striking visuals and pacing to visceral effect. This largely…
Pearl Cleage's tale of four strong women in an all-black Kansas town in 1898 is a popular choice at regional houses this year -- at least five major productions are already slated. The play's…
Reviewed at Rotterdam Intl. Film Festival, Jan. 30, 1994. Running time:67 MIN.
A lively, vibrant film could have been made from these stories by Panait Istrati, which are set in a small town on the Danube in the second half of the last century. But Gyula Maar's direction fails…
There is nothing graceful about Alex Canawati's directorial feature debut, "Inevitable Grace," an amateurish, derivative would-be thriller that owes its entire existence to Hitchcock. Clumsily…
Reviewed at Hungarian Film Week, Budapest, Feb. 7, 1994. Running time: 81 MIN.
A bunch of Dutch tree-hangers cause cross-cultural confusion in "Flodder Does Manhattan!," a gross-out comedy that picks up speed once it hits Gotham but is never as funny as it ought to be.