The Louis Malle-Polly Platt collaboration on Pretty Baby has yielded an offbeat depiction of life in New Orleans' Storyville red-light district circa 1917, as experienced by a lifelong resident - a…
A good war film needs heroes. But Vietnam had no heroes in the eyes of most Americans. Even a reasonably well-made and well-acted earnest effort like Go Tell The Spartans, set in 1964 when the US…
Fred Schepisi, for his second film, reveals a sure hand, a dynamic thrust in using a true turn-of-the-century happening [from a book by Thomas Keneally] to delve into the racism of the times against…
Midnight Express is a sordid and ostensibly true story about a young American busted [in 1970] for smuggling hash in Turkey and his subsequent harsh imprisonment and later escape. Cast, direction and…
Days of Heaven is a dramatically moving and technically breathtaking American art film, one of the great cinematic achievements of the 1970s. Told through the eyes and words of an innocent but wise…
Frank Baum [author of book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz] would never recognize his simple little story in this fantastically blown-up version [of William F. Brown's play, with music and lyrics by…
Stevie is a well-acted and literate, but also talky and claustrophobic screen biography of British poet and novelist Stevie Smith. Glenda Jackson stars in the title role and her performance - in…
Watching this picture a question keeps recurring: what would Woody Allen think of all this? Then you remember he wrote and directed it.
Brass Target, like The Eagle Has Landed , speculates on what might have happened to an historical figure in World War II had a given set of circumstances taken place.
The Last Waltz is an outstanding rock documentary of the last concert by The Band on Thanksgiving 1976 at Winterland in San Francisco.