Kes

Second attempt to make a movie feature and second cinematic adaptation of a novel: after Nell Dunn two years earlier, Barry Hines, who put Yorkshire on the map of contemporary English novels with his distinct accent, turns one of his most important books into a screenplay…

Raining Stones

Two men shout and run through a vast and beautiful rural landscape. They try to catch a sheep, a task they eventually, very clumsily, manage to carry out. The rest of their enterprise, killing it and selling the meat, proves to be as exhausting, frustrating, and laughable as their hunt. Behind…

Sorry We Missed You

“Sorry, we missed you”: the sentence has the meaning of failing to reach someone, to get in touch, also to be too late. It is spread on the top of the form drivers delivering parcels for the company PDF must leave in the letterbox in case their clients are not there to receive them. This is the…

Rashômon

The plot is based on two short stories by writer Akutagawa Ryûnosuke, “Rashômon”, which gives the feature its name and the historical and social context, and “In the Grove”, while the film’s final part comes from the imagination of the screenwriters and gives…

Rope

A distressing closeup and then a tracking out movement that takes the victim and the killers in a medium shot: the crime story begins in a remarkably savage and precise manner while the attention is drawn on the camera’s motions as means to widen the picture and getting the telling…

The Piano

The first vision the film delivers is actually a blurred image, caused by fingers spread over eyes. These eyes belong to a young girl playing inside the Scottish mansion that is her home but the voice-over readily played along belongs to her mother, who speaks of her muteness…

Kiss Me Deadly

This is an adventure of breezy, blunt and brutal private investigator Mike Hammer, created by Mickey Spillane in 1947. It starts with a fast, frenzied and frightening series of nightly, kinetic shots that feel like an instant classic show of noir shock: a barefooted…

Gone With the Wind

She is the first lead character to appear on-screen and the film’s last shot shows her dark silhouette against an orange sky: this overambitious mix between a romance and a period piece, a coming-of-age tale and an epic narrates how a Southern belle, over a period of less than…