The Last Days

Suggested reading: Admitting the Holocaust - Collected Essays (1995), Lawrence L. Langer After Long Silence - A Memoir (1999), Helen Fremont After Survival - One Man's Mission in the Cause of Memory (1998), Leon Zelman, Armin Thurnher The Aftermath: Living With the Holocaust  ...

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 lives of the people who lived it. It's presented  ...

Late August, Early September

It is Paris in the fall. A group of literary Parisians is gathered around an obscure author named Adrien Willer (Francois Cluzet). His personality, which once was mercurial and difficult, has undergone a transformation since his surgery for a serious illness. Each of the people in his circle idolizes  ...

Legacy: Murder And Media, Politics And Prisons

... In the first place, Michael J. Moore, the documentarian who created Legacy: Murder and Media, Politics and Prisons, is not Michael Moore, the documentarian who created Roger and Me. The difference is humor. A lighter hand could have gone a long way in Michael J. Moore's deliberate cinematic  ...

The Legend of 1900

After delighting audiences worldwide with the Oscar-winning Cinema Paradiso (1988), director Giuseppe Tornatore is cast adrift in a sea of Europudding with his latest effort. A bit of goodwill carried over from the earlier film may allow The Legend of 1900 to coast for a while; unfortunately this good-looking  ...

The Legend of Bagger Vance

Twenty years ago, Robert Redford's directorial career began at a zenith when his first effort, Ordinary People, won Oscars for best picture, director, supporting actor and adapted screenplay. His subsequent films have been a varied lot but usually have several things in common: soft golden-hued landscapes and lead characters  ...

Legong: Dance of the Virgins

. Suggested reading: Voices in Bali: Energies and Perceptions in Vocal Music and Dance Theater (1998), Edward Herbst Silent Movies (1995), Neil Sinyard The Silent Screen (1997), Richard Dyer MacCann The Movies in the Age of Innocence (1997), Edward Wagenknecht  ...

Time Regained (Le Temps Retrouve)

With Time Regained, director Ra´┐Żl Ruiz makes a 180 degree turnaround from his last outing, a forgettable commercial thriller, Shattered Image. Here he takes on the last volume of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, generally considered to be one of the great literary works of the twentieth century,  ...

Life is Beautiful

CV admits to great trepidation about seeing this movie. We have powerful feelings about the holocaust. A comedy about the holocaust? Sounds like a mistake from the getgo, no? Still, the word of mouth has been very good so we decided to take a chance. We were  ...

Liberty Heights

Liberty Heights is the fourth of director Barry Levinson's "Baltimore Films." Levinson knows the city well, having grown up there. And just as a basketball team on a long punishing road trip looks forward to once again having home-court advantage, Liberty Heights serves as a safe and comfortable haven  ...