Thursday, May 10, 2018

American coup d’état

A charismatic, media-savvy US general publicly attacks a president over a disarmament treaty with a dangerous foreign power as a prelude to a coup d’état in this 1964 political thriller.

In John Frankenheimer’s Seven Days in May, Burt Lancaster is U.S. Air Force General James Mattoon Scott, war hero and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Scott uses the right-wing news media that worships him to enflame popular opinion against liberal President Jordan Lyman (Frederic March) over a comprehensive disarmament treaty with the Soviet Union.

Apart from a great conspiracy yarn, Frankenheimer and screenwriter Rod Serling also tell a tale about the rule of law. Fascism here is not simply rule by military fiat, but an impatience with and intolerance or misunderstanding of the system by which the US constitution directs government to exercise its authority through the legislative process, courts and elections. 
White House picketers in Seven Days in May.
We first see Scott’s image on signs carried by anti-Lyman picketers outside the White House in a demonstration that quickly turns violent. Jerry Goldsmith’s music heightens the drama and Ferris Webster’s editing gives this black-and-white film a raw, realistic documentary feel.

The story comes from a 1962 bestseller of the same title by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II. A concern at that time was that high-profile military men such as General Douglas MacArthur, venerated by the US public after the Allied victory in World War II and leading the crusade against Communist ‘world domination’, would exploit the public’s ignorance of civics with the rhetorical comfort food of square-jawed patriotic talk.

President John F. Kennedy reportedly liked the novel. He discussed with co-producer and co-star Kirk Douglas how it might be filmed and allowed White House access to the production team. But Kennedy never saw the movie. Its December 1963 release date was postponed two months after he was assassinated in November.

Although occasional cranks turn up in the highest ranks, it seems less conceivable then than it does now that a member of the Joint Chiefs, appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate, would grandstand as Scott does here on national television.  
General James Mattoon Scott on national television in Seven Days in May.
Kirk Douglas is Marine Colonel Martin ‘Jiggs’ Casey, administrative director of the JCS. Casey respects Scott as his boss but does not agree with his politics; he does not agree with the administration, but abides by its authority. He is not part of the plot. Casey gets wind that something is up on a Monday morning—the first ‘day in May’—when Lt. Junior Grade Dorsey Grayson (Jack Mullaney), a young staff officer, unknowingly quips about an office betting pool among the top brass (which earns him an immediate transfer to Hawaii).
Jack Mullaney and Kirk Douglas in Seven Days in May.
The betting pool involves the upcoming Sunday running of the Preakness Stakes, an annual horse race held in Baltimore, Maryland, on the third week in May. (The race is run on Saturday, not Sunday. Several background cues address this discrepancy by noting that this is to be the ‘first ever’ Sunday running of the race.) The race date coincides with the date of a top secret alert known only to the president and the JCS.

Through an officer friend, Casey incidentally also learns of a brigade-sized Army Special Forces unit called ‘Ecomcon’ at a secret base called ‘Site Y’ in the desert in west Texas, commanded by signal corps officers. He surmises that Ecomcon is a military acronym for ‘emergency communications control’; he can find no official authorization or funding source for the unit or the base.

Casey kids offhandedly with Scott’s aide about the Preakness pool and gets a terse, angry warning not to discuss the alert or the pool. Scott himself later asks Casey more collegially to keep the pool confidential. Further circumstantial clues implicate a California Senator and a right-wing media broadcaster, among other things. And then the cautious Scott gives Casey ‘the rest of the week off’.

On Tuesday night, Casey visits the White House to share his concerns with President Lyman and his aide Paul Girard (Martin Balsam), who quickly assemble a crisis-management team. Lyman’s skeptical team works round the clock from Wednesday to Sunday hoping to disprove Casey’s hunch, but preparing for the contingency that he is right as more evidence comes to light.

All the president's men strategize in Seven Days in May
The ‘seven days’ are the days from Monday to the Sunday horse race. The action is set in the ‘near future’—May 18 fell on Sunday in 1969 and 1975—but beyond the seven days at issue, chronological time in this story is vague.
 
Lyman in the end calls ‘a whisper’ that the US ‘somehow lost our greatness’ a ‘slander’. But he also earlier rebukes an advisor that neither Scott and the generals, nor the ‘very emotional, very illogical lunatic fringe’ are ‘the enemy’.
Frederic March as President Jordan Lyman in Seven Days in May
The enemy, as Lyman sees it, is an age which has ‘killed man’s faith in his ability to influence what happens to him.’ He said that this produces a sickness which brings about ‘a frustration, a feeling of impotence, helplessness, weakness’, and in our desperation, ‘we look for a champion in red, white and blue.’

‘Every now and then a man on a white horse rides by, and we appoint him to be our personal god for the duration. For some men it was a Senator McCarthy…now it’s a General Scott,’ the president said.

Seven Days in May 1964 U.S. (118 minutes). Directed by John Frankenheimer; written by Rod Serling, based on the novel by Fletcher Knebel and Chares W. Bailey II; cinematography by Ellsworth Fredricks; music by Jerry Goldsmith; edited by Ferris Webster.

Friday, May 4, 2018

film review index by country

Photomontage by Sally Geier.
Argentina
Carancho 2010 Argentina
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/09/ambulance-chasers.html

Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens) 2000 Argentina
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/10/philately-as-self-abuse.html
 
Australia
Animal Kingdom 2010 Australia
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/03/winner-take-nothing.html

The Interview 1998 Australia
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/09/dark-side-of-law.html

The Proposition 2005 U.K./Australia
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/04/strange-mob-you-whites.html
 
Austria
Revanche (Getting Back) 2008 Austria
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/04/getting-back.html
 
Brasíl
À deriva (Adrift) 2008 Brasíl
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/09/adrift.html

Tropa de Elite 2-O Inimigo Ahora É Outro (Elite Squad 2-The Enemy Within) 2010 Brasíl
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/03/rio-serpico.html
 
Bulgaria
Дзифт (Zift) 2008 Bulgaria
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/06/female-variablethe-most-volatile.html

Canada
Slings & Arrows 2003-6 Canada (three six-episode seasons)
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/12/outrageous-fortune.html

China
Protégé (門徒 Moon tow—Cantonese; Mén Tú—pinyin) 2007 Hong Kong
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/04/moon-tow.html

A Touch of Sin (天注定  Tian zhuding) 2013 China
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-touch-of-sin.html

Czech Republic
A Páty Jezdec je Strach (The Fifth Horseman Is Fear) 1964 Czechoslovakia
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-fifth-horseman-is-fear.html

Protektor 2009 Czech Republic
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com.es/2012/05/josef-k-goes-cycling.html
 
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Viva Riva! 2010 Democratic Republic of the Congo
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/03/welcome-to-kinshasa.html

Denmark
ID:A 2011 Denmark
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2014/02/girl-on-run.html

Ecuador
Cronicas (Chronicles) 2004 Ecuador
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/04/banality-of-evil.html

France
Pépé le Moko 1937 France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/05/romance-and-magic.html

Le Corbeau (The Raven) 1943 France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/10/poison-pens.html

Quai des Orfèvres 1947 France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/12/zaftig-bombshell.html

Le ballon rouge (The Red Balloon) 1956 France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/12/red-balloon.html

Bob le Flambeur 1956 France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2017/10/atmosphere-attitude.html

Les parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) 1964 France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/10/singing-through-rain.html

Tzameti (13) 2005 France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/04/neurotics-anonymous-or-one-empty.html

La faute à Fidel! (Blame It on Fidel) 2006 France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/02/blame-it-on-fidel.html

L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) 2008 France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/09/golden-summers.html

Joueuse (Queen to Play) 2009 France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/09/crazy-for-chess.html

Un prophète (A prophet) 2009 France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/05/liberal-education.html

À bout portant (Point Blank) 2010 France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/03/run-sammy-run.html

Copie conforme (Certified Copy) 2010 France/Italy
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/03/certified-copy.html

Gainsbourg: vie héroïque (Gainsbourg—A Heroic Life) 2010 France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/06/un-phallo-vrai.html

Ricky 2010 France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/11/winging-it.html

Sarah’s Key 2012 France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/06/tale-of-two-women.html

La vie d'Adèle - Chapitres 1 et 2 (Blue Is the Warmest Color) 2013 France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2017/10/blue-is-warmest-color-la-vie-dadele.html

Germany
UFA
Der blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) 1930 Germany
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/03/charming-alarming-blonde-woman.html

DEFA
Die mörder sind unter uns (The Murderers Are among Us) 1946 German Democratic Republic
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/11/murderers-among-us.html

Der Fall Gleiwitz (The Gleiwitz Case) 1961 German Democratic Republic
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/10/wet-work.html

Karbid und sauerampfer (Carbide and Sorrel) 1963 German Democratic Republic
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/09/fine-comedy.html

Nackt unter Wölfen (Naked among Wolves) 1963 German Democratic Republic
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/05/naked-among-wolves.html

West Germany
Lebenszeichen (Signs of Life) 1968 West Germany/Greece
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/07/killing-time.html

Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, or How Violence Develops and Where It Can Lead) 1975 West Germany
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/10/wrong-place-wrong-time-wrong-victim.html

Germany Post-Reunification
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul 2005 Germany
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/03/turkish-delight.html

Gun-shy (Schussangst) 2003 Germany
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/07/talk-stalk-and-one-smoking-barrel.html

Im Juli (In July) 2004 Germany
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/03/goody-two-shoes-sees-double.html

Die Innere Sicherheit (The State I Am In) 2000 Germany
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/08/hanging-on-to-dream_15.html

Jerichow 2008 Germany
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com.es/2012/05/meet-acute.html

Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior) 2000 Germany
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/02/lovers-leap.html

Schussangst (Gun-shy) 2003 Germany
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/07/talk-stalk-and-one-smoking-barrel.html

Soul Kitchen 2009 Germany
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/02/hipness-on-edge-of-town.html

Vision—Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen (Vision—From the Life of Hildegard of Bingen) 2009 Germany
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/08/woman-of-vision.html

Greece
Κυνοδοντας [kinodontas] Dogtooth) 2010 Greece
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-great-big-fat-gay-greek-adolescence.html

Ireland
Kisses 2008 Ireland/Sweden
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/09/tangled-up-in-green.html
 
Israel
Footnote (הערת שוליים‎ [He'arat Shulayim]) 2011 Israel
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/04/footnote.html
 
Italy
Bellissima 1951 Italy
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/07/mamma-cinema.html

Il posto (The Position) 1961 Italy
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/11/world-of-wonder.html

Il momento della verità (The Moment of Truth) 1965 Italy
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/07/a-lot-of-bull.html

Pane e tulipani (Bread and tulips) 2000 Italy
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/07/rosalba-takes-powder.html

La doppia ora (The Double Hour) 2009 Italy
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/06/dagger-of-mind_22.html

Luxembourg
Brudermord (Fratricide) 2005 Luxembourg/Germany/France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/05/fratricide.html

Mexico
Aventurera (The Adventuress) 1950 Mexico
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/03/when-youre-down-in-juarez-and-youre.html

El Topo (The Mole) 1970 Mexico
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/04/kaleidoscopic-cult-western-all-about.html

The Holy Mountain 1973 Mexico
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/09/head-games-and-eye-candy.html

El imperio de la fortuna (The Realm of Fortune) 1986 Mexico
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/07/cockfights-and-cantantes-down-mexico.html

Poland
Demony wojny w/g Goi (Demons of War [according to Goya]) 1998 Poland
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/10/horse-sense-v-horses-asses.html
 
Russia
USSR
Необычайные приключения мистера Веста в стране Большевиков (Neobychainye priklyucheniya mistera Vesta v strane Bol’shevikov—The Extraordinary Adventures of Mister West in the Land of the Bolsheviks) 1924 U.S.S.R.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-kuleshov-effect.html

Летят журавли [Letyát zhurávli] (The Cranes Are Flying) 1957 U.S.S.R.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/04/boy-leaves-girl.html

Печки-лавочки [Pyéchki-lávochki] (Happy-Go-Lucky) 1972 U.S.S.R.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/01/vanya-and-nyurkas-excellent-adventure.html

Russia
Мы едем в Америку [My yédem v Amériku]— אמצריקצ אין פארן מיר [Mir forn in Amerike]—We Are Going to America 1992 Russia
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/03/freewheelin-motl.html

Девятая рота [Devyátaya róta] (Ninth Company) 2005 Russia/Ukraine
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/07/poor-devils.html

Мое счастье [Moyó schást’ye] (My Joy) 2010 Russia
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/06/just-my-luck.html

Солнце [Sóln’tse] (The Sun) 2005 Russia
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/09/almost-like-being-there.html
 
Spain
Muerte de un ciclista (Death of a Cyclist) 1955 Spain
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/12/hit-and-run.html

Viridiana 1961 Spain
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/12/beggars-banquet.html

Intacto (Untouched) 2001 Spain
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/04/neurotics-anonymous-or-one-empty.html

Los Lunes al sol (Mondays in the Sun) 2002 Spain http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/03/what-day-is-it.html

El orfanato (The Orphanage) 2007 Spain
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/02/jeepers-creepers.html

Celda 211 (Cell 211) 2009 Spain
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/05/genre-bender.html

Biutiful 2011 Spain
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/04/spell-it-way-it-sounds.html

La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In) 2011 Spain
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/04/pigskin-pygmalion.html
 
South Korea
The Chaser (추격자 [Chu-gyeok-ja]) 2008 South Korea
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/05/gumshoed-seoul.html

Mother (마더 [Madeo]) 2009 South Korea
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/08/a-boys-best-friend.html

Poetry ( [Shi]) 2011 South Korea
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/02/true-poetry.html

Secret Sunshine (밀양 [Miryang]) 2007 South Korea
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/09/secret-sunshine_7.html

Untold Scandal (스캔들 - 조선 남녀 상열지사 [Seukaendeul - Choseon nam nyeo sang yeol jisa]) 2003 South Korea
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/06/amours-impropres.html

추격자  [Chu-gyeok-ja] (The Chaser) 2008 South Korea
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/05/gumshoed-seoul.html

마더 [Madeo] (Mother) 2009 South Korea
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/08/a-boys-best-friend.html

밀양 [Miryang] (Secret Sunshine) 2007 South Korea
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/09/secret-sunshine_7.html

스캔들 - 조선 남녀 상열지사 [Seukaendeul - Choseon nam nyeo sang yeol jisa] (Untold Scandal) 2003 South Korea
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/06/amours-impropres.html

[Shi] (Poetry) 2011 South Korea
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/02/true-poetry.html
 
Sweden
Searching for Sugar Man 2010 Sweden/U.K.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/05/jannie-soet-wees.html
 
Switzerland
Das Fraülein 2006 Switzerland
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/08/slavic-damsels-in-distress.html
 
Turkey
Bir zamanlar Anadolu’da (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) 2011 Turkey
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-law-is-ass.html
 
United Kingdom
The Ring 1927 U.K.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-ring-1927-u.html

A Cottage on Dartmoor 1929 England
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/08/harry-meets-sallyin-prior-life.html

The Lady Vanishes 1938 U.K.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-lady-vanishes-1938-u.html

Night Train to Munich 1940 U.K.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2017/12/intrigue-charm.html

Free Cinema 1952-1963 U.K.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/03/free-cinema.html

Good Times, Wonderful Times 1966 England/U.S. http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/06/merchants-of-peace.html

The Day of the Jackal 1973 U.K./France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-day-of-macguffin.html

The Long Good Friday 1980 U.K.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-long-good-friday.html

Wasp 2003 Scotland
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/04/mom-102-my-first-night-out-in-fookin.html

Red Road 2006 Scotland
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/04/now-voyeur.html

Man on Wire 2008 U.K.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/06/dancing-on-thin-air.html

Fish Tank 2009 England
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/04/lifes-bitchand-sos-your-mother.html

Page Eight 2011 U.K.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/01/smart-flick-about-intelligence.html

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 2011 U.K.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/01/tinker-tailor-soldier-spy.html

Zen 2011 U.K. (one three-episode season)
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/10/whats-meta.html

Endeavour 2012 U.K.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/03/oxford-opera.html

Skyfall 2012 U.K.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/01/skyfall.html

Darkest Hour 2017 U.K.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2018/03/darkest-hour.html
 
United States (by period)

The Silent Era
Traffic in Souls, or While New York Sleeps: a Photodrama of Today 1913 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/09/white-slavery.html

Hypocrites 1915 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-naked-truth.html

Lady Windermere’s Fan 1925 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/02/genuine-silent-genuine-classic.html

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (Sunrise) 1927 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2018/03/and-first-oscar-goes-to.html

The Patsy 1928 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/06/silent-gem.html

Hollywood before the Hayes Code
The Divorcée 1930 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/11/what-lot-of-heathen-you-are.html

The Maltese Falcon (aka Dangerous Female) 1931 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/09/dangerous-female.html

Heroes for Sale 1933 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/10/plus-ca-change.html

International House 1933 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/01/anything-goes.html

Midnight Mary 1933 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/10/midnight-mary.html
 
Golden Age
Satan Met a Lady 1936 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/09/sam-spade-with-handbag.html

Make Way for Tomorrow 1937 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/06/facing-facts.html
 
Race
Moon over Harlem 1939 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/03/way-uptown-from-gone-with-wind.html

New Orleans 1947 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/06/birth-of-jazz.html
 
Film Noir
Born to Kill 1947 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/04/born-to-kill.html

Daisy Kenyon 1947 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/11/gangsters-of-love.html

The Big Steal 1949 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/05/vamos-will-ya.html

Border Incident 1949 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/04/why-dont-they-just-build-wall.html

Gun Crazy 1949 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/03/recipe-for-mayhem.html

The Set-Up 1949 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/11/one-punch-away.html

Mystery Street 1950 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2014/02/mystery-street.html

Night and the City 1950 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2018/03/night-and-city-am-i-noir.html

Clash by Night 1952 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/04/sex-meat-and-potatoes-on-cannery-row.html

The Narrow Margin 1952 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/10/classic-mayhem-and-menace.html

The Big Combo 1955 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-big-combo.html

Illegal 1955 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/06/lead-pipe-cinch.html

Blast of Silence 1961 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/05/nowhere-man-in-land-of-sopranos.html
 
Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin
Little Fugitive 1953 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/06/dont-tell-mom.html

Lovers and Lollipops 1955 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/01/great-day-for-picture_06.html

Weddings and Babies 1958 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/01/whats-so-important-al.html
 
Fabulous Fifties & Sixties
Pat and Mike 1952 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/06/putting-words-in-their-mouths.html

I Confess 1953 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2018/01/casting-out-demons-in-quebec.html

A Face in the Crowd 1957 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/05/tv-is-thing-this-year.html

Damn Yankees! 1958 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-year-we-wuzzent-robbed.html

Anatomy of a Murder 1959 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/12/attractive-jiggle.html

The Misfits 1961 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/05/marvelous-misfits.html

Seven Days in May 1964 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2018/05/american-coup-detat.html
Topkapi 1964 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/07/cougar-loves-emeralds.html
 
Documentary
On the Bowery 1956 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/07/heres-mud-in-your-eye.html

In the Year of the Pig 1968 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/01/vietnam-in-pigs-year.html

La ciudad (The City) 1998 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/01/life-in-land-of-yankees-iii-yonderland.html

The Mark of Cain 2000 U.S./Russia
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/10/illustrated-men.html

Tabloid 2010 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/03/paper-vagina.html
 
Raging Bulls
Who’s That Knocking at My Door 1968 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/11/speak-to-me-of-love.html

Fat City 1972 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/08/hollow-men.html

The Man 1972 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-man.html

King of Comedy 1982 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/05/mad-about-jerry.html
 
Spanish America
Quinceañera 2006 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/11/life-in-land-of-yankees-ii-coming-of.html

Ladrón que roba a ladrón (It Takes a Thief to Rob a Thief) 2007 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/05/life-in-land-of-yankees-i-skinning.html

Cruzando (Crossing) 2008 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-stuff-wild-chorizo.html

Sin nombre 2009 U.S./Mexico
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/11/getting-luck-out-of-dodge.html
 
And after
Reversal of Fortune 1990 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/05/getting-off.html

Happiness 2006 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/08/slavic-damsels-in-distress.html

Beginners 2011 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/08/beginners.html

The Ides of March 2011 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/10/ides-of-march.html

Martha Marcy May Marlene 2011 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/04/little-girl-lost.html

The Tree of Life 2011 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/06/tree-of-life.html

Win Win 2011 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/12/win-win.html

Hitchcock 2012 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/12/hitchcock.html

The Counselor 2013 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2013/11/theres-something-about-malkina.html

The Post 2017 U.S.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-post.html