Samuel Burleigh

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    Why The French New Wave Still Matters

    In an era in which sentimental trifles (The Intouchables, The Artist) masquerade as art house, and even Europeans seem to love blockbusters more than thoughtful, innovative cinema, the once-mythologized cinema of Godard, Truffaut et al may seem hopelessly passé. By analyzing the best traits of the French New Wave, it would be argued that this cinema movement was not only immeasurably influential on generations of filmmakers, but that it is more vital than ever in the 21st century.

    • It's funny how people who named it the "new wave" didn't take into account that times passes. – T. Palomino 1 year ago
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    Although a true lover of 30s and 40s Hollywood cinema, I never got around to watching this one; it appeared to be dated and campy; the horrific 2008 remake didn´t help. Your analysis changed my mind. Well done!

    "The Women" a Masterpiece of Troupe Subversion and Toxic Feminism

    This movie seems like just a forgettable almost straight to DVD flick despite some big-name cast members, but this analysis is fascinating-and spot on.

    “The Replacements” a Marxist Reading of Anti-union Propaganda

    Excellent article. Kafka was a truly singular writer, few authors can claim to have coined a whole new term.

    Demystifying Franz Kafka

    A remarkably well-written treatise on a classic film I somehow have not seen.

    "The Women" a Masterpiece of Troupe Subversion and Toxic Feminism

    This list is atrocious. Where is Godard (Vivre Sa Vie, Breathless, and Masculin Feminin to name just three examples), Truffaut (The 400 Blows and Stolen Kisses), Bob Le Flambeur, Last Tango in Paris, or Rififi? A list of films about Paris not including French New Wave classics is blasphemous.

    Four Films about Paris that are NOT Amélie

    Exactly. Why remake these films without subverting the content? These live-action remakes are simply polishing the brand, rather than reimagining it.

    Cinderella (2015): An Old-Fashioned Heroine in Modern Times

    I agree. One should simply visit the Amish country and interact with the community politely, rather than watching a staged and exploitive reality show on “The Learning Channel.”

    Breaking Amish: Are We Learning the Truth?