A Woman of Paris & The Immigrant

It’s funny how two movies made ninety years apart can have so much in common. The Immigrant was released during 2013’s festival season. A Woman of Paris was released in 1923. Both films are set roughly two years apart in the early 1920s. Both are about young women looking and hoping for a better life in a new city… Read more →

You and Me (Fritz Lang, 1938)

This review is part of our Auteurs Gone Wild series. The movie will screen at Anthology Film Archives on 3/20, 3/27 and 3/29.   Sylvia Sidney is one of Lang’s good girls, one of his American sweethearts. She wants the finer things in life, of course, but she doesn’t ask for what she can’t have, for things far outside her means. She’s not vain and… Read more →

Auteurs Gone Wild

At Anthology Film Archives in New York, David Phelps has curated a nifty new series called Auteurs Gone Wild which looks at the Crème de la crème of classic Hollywood’s best filmmakers and their most atypical works. Included are Hitchcock, Lubitsch, Chaplin, Cukor, Capra and a whole lot more. As the title suggests, this series is sort of the fun house mirror version of vulgar cinema.… Read more →

An Interview with John Carpenter

I lived in Chicago between 2004 and 2012. John Carpenter’s last movie, The Ward, didn’t play in the third largest US city during its limited theatrical run in 2011. It did, however, show briefly in Austin, TX. I worked at Whole Foods at the time and just happened to be traveling down to the weird city to receive some special… Read more →