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2008 Stories by Elliott Stein

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  • Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

    published August 27, 2008

    (Robert Aldrich, 1962). The bitchy battle of the century played out in a decaying Hollywood mansion between warring sister divas Bette Davis and... More >>

  • Diabolique

    published August 27, 2008

    (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1954). In this dark and clammy classic thriller Clouzot carefully establishes the solid realistic setting of a shabby... More >>

  • Sons of the Desert

    published August 27, 2008

    (William Seiter, 1933). This was the fourth of Laurel and Hardy’s full-length features, and arguably the best. The adorable duo sneak off to... More >>

  • Autumn Days

    published August 19, 2008

    (Roberto Gavaldon, 1963). Gavaldon’s unsettling drama, one of the most indelible Mexican films of the 1960s, stars Pina Pellicer who gives a... More >>

  • The Flowers of St. Francis

    published August 12, 2008

    (Roberto Rossellini, 1949). Co-scripted by Fellini and Rossellini, who shun all dramatic structure, this little masterpiece, the story of St.... More >>

  • Onibaba

    published August 5, 2008

    (Kaneto Shindo, 1964). Hayashi Hikaru's experimental score creates a sensual atmosphere for this spooky tale set during the medieval civil wars... More >>

  • Intentions of Murder

    published August 5, 2008

    (Shohei Imamura, 1964). The heroine is an ordinary housewife who is raped. Through the rape and her burgeoning sexuality, she eventually gains the... More >>

  • Juliet of the Spirits

    published August 5, 2008

    (Federico Fellini, 1965). This gaudy pageant of dreams and memories, influenced by Jungian psychology and Fellini's experiments with LSD, centers... More >>

  • Boy

    published July 29, 2008

    (Nagisa Oshima, 1969). One of the most bitter satires ever made on the subject of the Japanese family, this corrosive movie, based on a true case,... More >>

  • The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari

    published July 29, 2008

    (Robert Wiene, 1919). One of the most inspired horror movies ever made, and a key work in the history of film design, Wiene's expressionist... More >>

  • The Road Warrior

    published July 29, 2008

    (George Miller, 1981). Miller's Australian sci-fi epic was originally called Mad Max 2, and it turned out to be the rare sequel that... More >>

  • The Big Trail

    published July 16, 2008

    (Raoul Walsh, 1930). Made in a wide-screen process called “Grandeur,” Walsh's brilliantly directed film, shot on location in the Grand... More >>

  • Virgin Spring

    published July 16, 2008

    (Ingmar Bergman, 1960). One of the most powerful of the Swedish master's disquisitions on “the silence of God,” this cruel tale of rape... More >>

  • Kind Hearts and Coronets

    published July 16, 2008

    (Robert Hamer, 1949). A classic. This witty and bitter black comedy about the gentle English art of murder features Alec Guinness in eight... More >>

  • Port of Call

    published July 9, 2008

    (Ingmar Bergman, 1948). Completists will jump at the chance to see this rarely-shown early Bergman drama made while the director was still seeking... More >>

  • The Palm Beach Story

    published July 9, 2008

    (Preston Sturges, 1942). Irresistible and beautifully written, this smooth satire on sex and money stars Claudette Colbert, at her sparkling best,... More >>

  • Sunrise

    published July 9, 2008

    (F.W. Murnau, 1927). This poignant and hauntingly beautiful classic silent weepie, Murnau's first American feature, and one of the most Germanic... More >>

  • Sunset Boulevard

    published July 2, 2008

    (Billy Wilder, 1950). Ex silent movie queen Gloria Swanson gives the performance of her career as delusional ex silent movie queen Norma Desmond... More >>

  • I Am a Cat

    published July 2, 2008

    (Kon Ichikawa, 1975). This darkly comic social satire based on Soseki Natsume's famous novel set at the end of the 19th century stars Tatsuya... More >>

  • A Day in the Country & Smiles of a Summer Night

    published June 24, 2008

    A Day in the Country (Jean Renoir, 1936). One of the director's most personal films, a perfect example of his art, this exquisite short... More >>

  • High and Low

    published June 24, 2008

    (Akira Kurosawa, 1963). The masterpiece of Kurosawa's modern-day movies, this stunning film stars Toshiro Mifune as an industrialist who receives... More >>

  • Goyokin

    published June 24, 2008

    (Hideo Gosha, 1969). Tatsuya Nakadai is a heavy hitter as a samurai who leaves his clan in protest at their misdeeds and returns from self-imposed... More >>

  • Before I Forget

    published June 24, 2008

    (Jacques Nolot, 2007). Not to be missed. Why is it that nearly all the best recent gay-themed movies are French, while most American gay flicks... More >>

  • Jennifer Jones: Selznick's Muse

    published May 13, 2008

    The girl who would be Jennifer Jones was born Phylis Isley, in Oklahoma. She made her movie debut in 1939 in a supporting role in New... More >>

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