Friday, January 5, 2018

Casting out demons in Québec


I Confess 1953 U.S. Warner Brothers/First National (94 minutes) directed by Alfred Hitchcock; written by George Tabori and William Archibald from a play by Paul Anthelme; director of photography, Robert Burks; music composed and directed by Dmitri Tiomkin.
AlfredHitchcock’s ‘I Confess’ is set amid Québec’s grand medieval-looking architecture and long shadows that can make it feel eerie as Prague at night, a natural fit with the Jacques Becker-Jean-Pierre Melville-Jules Dassin French crime dramas of the postwar era.
After the opening credits, we see Hitchcock stroll right to left across the screen, along the top of a staircase. A series of four ‘DIRECTION’ signs then point in a direction opposite to Hitchcock’s. They take us through town to a crime scene. A bead curtain swings. A man in a cassock exits into a night street. A man confesses a murder to a priest. The police arrive at the crime scene.
The circumstantial evidence points to Abbe Michael Logan (Montgomery Clift). The watchful Inspector Larrue (Karl Malden) spots Father Logan in the morning crowd at the crime scene. 
 
Clift was the first major ‘method’ actor. His Logan is convincing as a priest and returning combat veteran, and he photographs beautifully in black & white. But Clift’s personal life was beset with demons—perhaps not unlike Logan’s.
Father Logan has hired German refugees Otto Keller (O.E. Hasse) and his wife Alma (Dolly Haas) as church custodial staff. Keller also tends the garden of a Monsieur Villette (Ovila Légaré) in town. But he murders Villette and soon afterward confesses his crime to Father Logan in the confessional. Thereafter, the paranoid murderer and his wife, fearful that Logan will turn Keller in, stalk the priest around the rectory like creepy shadows.
Villette is presented as a sleazy lawyer. Keller apparently murdered him when the latter surprised him rifling a cashbox in Villette’s home. Keller tells his wife that the death was accidental. But he had disguised himself as a priest at least to rob Villette. Witnesses saw a priest leave the crime scene, and police later find Villette’s blood type on a cassock that Keller plants in Logan’s trunk. Nothing appears to have been stolen, and no trace evidence such as fingerprints is found at the crime scene; the ‘blunt instrument’ was wiped clean. 
The backstory is related in a statement given to police by Ruth Grandfort (Anne Baxter). Ruth grew up with Mike Logan in the same Québec neighborhood before World War II. They were in love. Mike was among the first to enlist when the war started. He told Ruth he did not want to marry ‘because the war already has made too many widows’, nor should she wait for him. After a time overseas, he stopped writing to her. Ruth eventually married Pierre Grandfort (Roger Dann), a Canadian member of parliament. But she met Logan the day his unit returned to Québec after the war.     
Baxter was not Hitchcock’s first casting pick for Ruth, but she is ideal in this role and photographs beautifully in black & white. A natural blonde, Baxter said that Hitchcock wanted her hair even lighter. Light to platinum blonde hair is ideal for black & white film under studio lighting, exactly the kind of detail that would have interested Hitchcock.

Viewers may notice that Ruth’s testimony is shot in a slow, soft romantic glow. Logan says little about himself throughout the film. According to the narrative, the war ‘changed’ him to the extent that he decided to become a Roman Catholic priest. But the detail that a québécois joined a unit based far to the west in Saskatchewan could signal an even earlier desire to change his life.

Ruth tells police that the day after Logan got back from overseas, they spent an afternoon in the country. They took shelter in a gazebo when a storm blew up—a naturalistic scene shot al fresco. They missed the last ferry and spent the night clothed and damp in the gazebo. In the morning, the gazebo owner—Villette—discovered them there. Villette recognized Mme. Grandfort and made insinuating comments. Logan knocked Villette to the ground and he and Ruth returned to town. She disclosed to the police that later, after Logan was ordained, Villette tried to blackmail her over the purported ‘affair’. 

Ruth wanted to give her friend an alibi for the evening of the murder. However, rather than saving him, the blackmail detail gives Logan a motive in the eyes of the police. The crescendo of circumstantial evidence and Logan’s obstinate refusal to speak leave Larrue and his investigators, Crown Prosecutor Willy Robertson (Brian Aherne) and Pierre Grandfort little doubt as to what happened. 
 
Later at trial, Keller puts his thumb on the circumstantial scale by dilating on Father Logan’s ‘distress’ in the church the evening of the murder. ‘After the event he wept. He promised a new start. I made no comment. What should I resent?’

This produces a classic Hitchcock dilemma: Father Logan is the prime suspect and the actual murderer has confessed the crime to him; yet the priest’s dedication to his calling will not let him violate the sanctity of the confessional, regardless of how despicable the culprit, even to save himself. 
Also Hitchcockian is a sense that many people’s individual guilt seek a public scapegoat for a deliverance from evil if not absolution. The question Hitchcock appears to resolve is, if vengeance truly is the Lord’s, will He repay?

This masterpiece concludes with a grand dénouement in the Québec’s landmark Chateau Frontenac. 



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Ring

The Ring 1927 U.K. (89 minutes) written and directed by Alfred Hitchcock; cinematography by John J. Cox.

This visually inventive black & white silent film, Alfred Hitchcock’s fourth feature and his only original screenplay, is a terrific boxing picture with more life than a great many technicolor talkies.
In The Ring, one of film’s great visual storytellers sets a love story amid the kinetic activity of an amusement park and the drama of the boxing ring. What we see through Hitchcock’s camera eye looks similar to the dynamic camera work that was coming out of 1920s Weimar Germany and the Kuleshov Workshop of the State Film School in Moscow. He assembles his shots in an efficient narrative which guides a viewer’s thoughts and emotions, even makes the viewer a vicarious participant in that one can feel the movement and hear the sounds.

We know that Hitchcock worked at the famous UFA film studios in Berlin briefly in the mid-1920s and joined F.W. Murnau on the set while Murnau was shooting Der Letzte Mann (1924-The Last Laugh). We also know that he and his lifelong collaborator Alma Reville saw many German and Soviet films in London. But rather than simply having ‘absorbed’ influence, Hitchcock’s work suggests that this experience inspired and encouraged him to develop thinking already advanced on these lines, ideas that continued to develop throughout his long career into the visual poetry of such films as North by Northwest (1959) and The Birds (1963).

His main difficulty at first must have been selling this vision to producers who expected to see adaptations of traditional stage drama. But this challenge likely spurred Hitchcock to invent even more ingenious ways to tell stories without words. The Ring is the first film that shows the range of his genius for telling a story in pictures. The facts that he just had left Gaumont and that this also was the first movie for his new employer, British International Pictures, may have helped.


The opening sequence brings the viewer through a busy weekend or holiday amusement park in a manner similar to Dziga Vertov’s later Man with a Movie Camera (1929-Человек с кино-аппаратом) or Robert Siodmak and Edgar Ulmer’s People on Sunday (1930-Menschen am Sonntag). The viewer arrives at the front of a booth in which a crowd is amusing itself by dunking a carny. The carny is a black man, and the scene is sure to offend mainstream sensibilities in the 21st century US. A small boy hits the man in the face with an egg, to great gales of laughter from the crowd, including a policeman. But this breaks the rules of the game. The white booth manager sets the policeman after the boy and his friend.

Two skeptical dunking spectators then move to a nearby booth which features ‘One Round’ Jack Sander (Carl Brisson), who welcomes all comers to last a round with him in the boxing ring. People pay admission to see this carny pugilist make fools of young bucks, blowhards, drunks and others, including middle-aged men put up by their wives. Again, the humor is heavy-handed and physical in a way that would not be acceptable as entertainment in the US and the UK today, the crowd amused by others’ discomfort and distress—and not just because they have black skin.
It is noteworthy that one of Jack’s team is a black man who, like the others, looks as though he actually could be a boxer, and appears throughout the rest of the film as one of ‘the boys’. Hitchcock knew boxing as a fan and frequent fight attendee. Brisson himself had been a prizefighter before the First World War, and uncredited cast members include legendary British boxer Eugene Corri (as MC) and ‘Bombardier Billy Wells’, British and British Empire champion from 1911 until 1919.
The two spectators in our story turn out to be Bob Corby, ‘Heavyweight Champion of Australia’ (Ian Hunter), and his manager, James Ware (Forrester Harvey). They are scouting local talent for a sparring partner for Corby. Corby also is drawn to Mabel (Lillian Hall Davis), the ticket-taker outside the boxing tent, who is engaged to be Jack’s wife.
In a dynamic sequence of shots, Corby, removing his jacket and hat and stepping into the ring in a bow tie, packs the house when he goes an unprecedented four rounds with Jack. Jack has natural ability but needs seasoning to become a professional boxer; he and Mabel also have emotional growing up to do. Mabel marries Jack, but falls for the celebrity champ Corby.

At Mabel and Jack’s wedding ceremony, another ring—Mabel’s wedding band—is misplaced, confused with a button and then recovered by Jack’s bemused best man and trainer (Gordon Harker) in beautifully mimed sequence. Jack places this ring on Mabel’s hand, where it remains.
Thus the story shows Jack grow in two arenas, as a boxer and a husband, culminating in his heavyweight fight with Corby for the title and to win back Mabel’s affection.



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les parapluies de Cherbourg) 1964 France
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/10/singing-through-rain.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) Germany 2000
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Солнце [Sóln’tse] (The Sun) 2005 Russia
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/09/almost-like-being-there.html

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

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

Muerte de un ciclista (Death of a Cyclist) 1955 Spain
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/12/hit-and-run.html

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

La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In) 2011 Spain
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2012/04/pigskin-pygmalion.html

Viridiana 1961 Spain
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/12/beggars-banquet.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
A Cottage on Dartmoor 1929 England
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/08/harry-meets-sallyin-prior-life.html

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

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

Fish Tank 2009 England
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/04/lifes-bitchand-sos-your-mother.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 Lady Vanishes 1938 U.K.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-lady-vanishes-1938-u.html

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

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

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

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

The Ring 1927 U.K.
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-ring-1927-u.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Uruguay
Whisky 2004 Uruguay
http://moompitchers.blogspot.com/2011/05/say-cheese.html