An Affair of Love

Frederic Fonteyne's An Affair of Love opens beautifully, with a shot of a crowded Paris street so out of focus that the image is pure abstraction. Pedestrians begin as enormous blobs of light that only begin to take shape  ...

An Everlasting Piece

Filmmakers travel to Northern Ireland at great peril. It's not that they risk their lives there: who'd waste good bullets on a film crew? No, the real danger is the aesthetic paralysis that inflicts outsiders who shoot in Ireland.  ...

Beau Travail

Suggested reading: Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories (Penguin Classics) Herman Melville The French Foreign Legion: A Complete History of the Legendary Fighting Force (1992), Douglas Porch Claire Denis, talking about her new film, Beau Travail, is  ...

The Big One

. As a member of the Online Film Critics Society, CV could not ignore the society's award to The Big One for best documentary film of 1998. To be perfectly honest about it, we hadn't even seen this film, no  ...

Hannibal

There was no reason to expect much from Hannibal. Nothing about it suggested that it might be interesting: it's the unnecessary sequel to Silence of the Lambs, an intelligent and sturdily crafted film. It's drawn from a universally reviled  ...

The Iron Giant

Before I say all the wonderful things that need to be said about The Iron Giant, I have a question: Why does every cartoon boy hero have to look like Tom Sawyer? Why does every  ...

The Last September

The Last September is a scenic look at a time and set of attitudes long past. While gorgeous to look at, it's much more effective at capturing the appearance of an era than it is at involving us in  ...

The Line King: Al Hirschfeld

CV was hooked on the theater in New York at a very young age in the latter part of the 1940s. By then, Al Hirschfeld had been doing show biz caricatures for New York newspapers for over twenty  ...

The Matrix

The Matrix is a futuristic, film noir, kung fu, dysfunctional utopian science fiction, cyberpunk, nonanimated cartoon laced with religious allusions. It does not have hair stiffened with bodily fluids, batmobiles, or hip hop music. It does have electronic  ...