Transit (2018)

Directed by Christian Petzold Transit exists outside of time, at least any sort of familiar sense of time.  It's Casablanca set in the modern day, but that blend of past and present, without getting into the more symbolic elements, makes our own social history feel so immediate. A period piece film having to do with Nazi-occupied France would … Continue reading Transit (2018)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Directed by Robert Wiene The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is one of those films that begins every Film School 101 course overview, along with films like Citizen Kane, Rear Window, Nosferatu, an Ingmar Bergman or two, Chinatown, and Battleship Potemkin.  It might be easy to dismiss a film like this if only because it's so damn influential, also like Fritz Lang's Metropolis. … Continue reading The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)