Blu-Ray Review – Sansho the Bailiff

Sanshō the Bailiff is a film by Kenji Mizoguchi, one of the most respected Japanese directors of all time. At the time, he was rated higher in France than Kurosawa, as he was seen as being more “Japanese” than Western. He made 90 films, but only lived to be 58—and was of course an influence on Kurosawa, … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Sansho the Bailiff

Blu-Ray Review – Cloak and Dagger

Cloak and Dagger is one of Fritz Lang’s anti-Nazi spy thrillers. It was also his first post-WW2 film, but it feels more like Man Hunt or Hangmen Also Die! than the fantastic string of noirs that he made not long after the war and on up to the mid '50s. Lang emigrated very soon after he had a meeting with … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Cloak and Dagger

Blu-Ray Review – Night Tide

Night Tide was Curtis Harrington’s debut feature after spending the entire '40s and '50s in the burgeoning underground/avant-garde/experimental/whatever-the-hell-you-want-to-call-it film world—Harrington seems fairly dismissive of all the various terms in interviews. He was a lifelong friend and sometimes antagonist of Kenneth Anger: they collaborated, with Harrington acting as cinematographer on Anger's Puce Moment and acting in Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome. He … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Night Tide