Crimson Sunset


Iceland / 1977 / Icelandic

Directed by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson

With Helgi Skúlason, Róbert Arnfinnsson, Rúrik Haraldsson

crimsonsunset4Cobwebs may be old, abandoned spider’s webs, but they are still spider’s webs. Couldn’t an insect still get itself caught up in the wispy swaddling, genetic memory of the attendant carnivore bedeviling its tiny brain? Floating innocuously above us they appear empty, or damning evidence of neglect. But to the smaller lifeforms flying about, they are still traps, the stuff of nightmares. Read the rest of this entry »


The Third Sex


West Germany / 1957 / German

Directed by Veit Harlan

With Christian Wolff, Paula Wessely, Friedrich Joloff

Still From 'The Third Sex'Camp and homophobia aren’t often considered entwined, but they also aren’t mutually exclusive; both are epithets retroactively applied to post-war cinema with liberal gusto. Take Veit Harlan’s The Third Sex, middle-class and of middling quality (even by the director’s standards), as an example of one such confused twisting of social sensibilities. While it looks quite pallid and stodgy, it’s a deceptively good core sample of the almost unjustly prosperous 1950s. Read the rest of this entry »