Le Plaisir (1952, Max Ophuls)

“But, my friend, happiness is not a joyful thing.” Was Max Ophuls the greatest, the most perfect of the classical film-makers? In a series of masterpieces throughout three decades (the 1930s, 40s and 50s) he composed images with the soft luminescence, hazy or precise, of Degas (with a similar feeling of constant movement), and stories … Continue reading Le Plaisir (1952, Max Ophuls)

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Always Watching, Always Afraid: Le Horla, Guy De Maupassant, Jean-Daniel Pollet

Being a fan of the cinema today occasionally leaves you feeling like a character in a Jacques Rivette film, part of some underground conspiracy that seems at one moment vast, the next small and insignificant, concrete and yet dissoluble at any moment. Film maudits and the work of cult directors (and here I speak of … Continue reading Always Watching, Always Afraid: Le Horla, Guy De Maupassant, Jean-Daniel Pollet