Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries – Sweden – 1957 – Drama.  “One of Bergman’s warmest, and therefore finest films.”-Time Out.   In the late 1950’s the films of Ingmar Bergman dominated world cinema.  Consider Summer with Monika-1953, Smiles of a Summer Night-1955, Seventh Seal-1957, and Wild Strawberries-1957, plus four more in those five years, all of which he both wrote and… Continue reading Wild Strawberries

Gadjo Dilo

Gadjo Dilo – Roma/France/Romania – 1997 – Drama.  Director Tony Gatlif.  One of the best films about Roma (Gypsy) life in Eastern Europe today.  “Gatlif, of Algerian Roma heritage, is one of those rare, instinctive artists who seems wholly motivated by the desire to envelope viewers in his sense of intoxication with the world’s beauty… Continue reading Gadjo Dilo

Kolya

Kolya – Czech – 1997 – Comedy.  Winner of both the Oscar & Golden Globe for best foreign film.  The plot; womanizer-gets-transformed-when-stuck-with-child is becoming a tired cliche, but this film is by far the best of the lot.  It is enhanced by its setting – Prague at the end of the Communist era, and by… Continue reading Kolya

Babette’s Feast

Babette’s Feast – Denmark/France – 1987 – Drama.  Artistic, sensual and sacred passions unite in this Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Film. “A gentle, generous film about grace. Oh, and grub.”.-Total Film. “A fable told with passion, intelligence, and sumptuousness.”-Los Angeles Times.  Babette is a 19th century Parisian political refugee who seeks shelter in a rough Danish… Continue reading Babette’s Feast

Love (Szerelem)

Love – Hungary – 1971 – Drama.  This tender black-and-white Hungarian drama is a “masterpiece”-Roger Ebert about the relationship between two women, “capturing the ambivalences of affection and exasperation, rivalry and devotion.”-Time.    One is an aged aristocrat nearing 100 for whom the past is more vivid than the present “an entire woman; tender, domineering, frightened”-New… Continue reading Love (Szerelem)