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  • Ali

    Ali

    The greatest films made on biographical subjects--whether it's Mizoguchi's UTAMARO AND HIS FIVE WOMEN, Eisenstein's IVAN THE TERRIBLE, Becker's MONTPARNASSE 19, Rudolph's MRS. PARKER AND THE VICIOUS CIRLCE, Tarkovsky's ANDREI RUBLEV, Pialat's VAN GOGH or Mann's ALI--were made by people who weren't interested in biography, but in life. ALI is what Orson Welles meant when he called for a hallucinatory cinema. There's the opening sequence, which folds a decade in on itself; the boxing rings that might as well be…

  • L'Argent

    L'Argent

    In 1983, Robert Bresson was about as old as the 20th century. That's the best kind of lifespan: to live out the entirety of a century from start to finish (Bresson, in fact, nearly outlived it). So L'ARGENT is the film of an 82-year-old man, and by 82, you come to realize that the great moral question isn't why people commit crimes, but why they don't. And another important question comes around, especially if you live in a wealthy country:…