Floating Weeds / Drifting Weeds (1959)

“What’s wrong with seeing my son? My own son, mind you!” Synopsis: When touring in a seaside village, the manager (Ganjiro Nakamura) of an itinerant acting troupe visits his former lover (Haruko Sugimura) and their grown son Kiyoshi (Hiroshi Kawaguchi), who believes Komajuro (Nakamura) is his uncle. Komajuro’s mistress (Machiko Kyo) becomes jealous when she […]

Lower Depths, The / Bas-Fonds, Les (1936)

“We’re born, we live, we die — it’s nothing to cry over.” Synopsis: A destitute baron (Louis Jouvet) befriends a thief (Jean Gabin) living in a flophouse, whose married landlady (Suzy Prim) is jealous about Gabin’s love for her downtrodden sister (Junie Astor). Genres: French Films Jean Renoir Films Love Triangle Play Adaptation Thieves and […]

Lower Depths, The (1957)

“How can you go to hell if you’re already there?” Synopsis: Amidst the miseries of a flophouse in Edo-era Japan, a thief (Toshiro Mifune) falls in love with the sister (Kyoko Kagawa) of his married landlady (Isuzu Yamada), who jealously seeks revenge. Genres: Ensemble Cast Japanese Films Kurosawa Films Love Triangle Play Adaptations Revenge Review: […]

Decline of Western Civilization, The (1981)

“Nothing else is going on — it’s the only form of revolution left. Synopsis: Punk bands in Los Angeles — including Fear, The Germs, Alice Bag Band, and more — channel their aggression and nihilism through music. Genres: Documentary Musicians Review: Penelope Spheeris‘s feature debut as a writer-director-producer was this insiders’ look at the punk […]

Veronika Voss (1982)

“Everything I have belongs to you — all I have left to give you is my death.” Synopsis: A morphine-addicted actress (Rosel Zech) in postwar Germany falls in love with a sports journalist (Hilmar Thate) who slowly learns about his new lover’s unhealthy relationship with her doctor (Annemarie Duringer). Genres: Actors and Actresses Alcoholism and […]

Great Expectations (1946)

“Pip! A young gentleman of great expectations.” Synopsis: A young orphan (Anthony Wager) who exhibits kindness to an escaped convict (Finlay Currie) is sent to be the playmate of a girl (Jean Simmons) living with an embittered older woman (Martita Hunt). Years later, grown Pip (John Mills) becomes a gentleman through the help of an […]

Sherlock Holmes (1932)

“It is only the obvious that escapes attention.” Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes (Clive Brook) finds his wedding to a society girl (Miriam Jordan) postponed when his arch-enemy Moriarty (Ernest Torrence) escapes from jail and begins killing those who sentenced him to death. Genres: Clive Brook Films Detectives and Private Eyes Fugitives Play Adaptation Sherlock Holmes Films […]

Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, The (1973)

“Discipline’s okay as long as you’re having fun.” Synopsis: A successful, recently divorced fashion designer (Margit Carstensen) falls for a lovely young model (Hanna Schygulla) and is devastated to learn she’s been unfaithful to her. Genres: Downward Spiral German Films Lesbianism Obsessive Love Play Adaptations Rainer Werner Fassbinder Films Review: Your reaction to this formative […]