Crimson Sunset

02/27/2017

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 find 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 perhaps damning reflections of neglect. But to smaller lifeforms, they are still traps, the stuff of nightmares. Read the rest of this entry »

The Third Sex

02/13/2017

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-brow and of middling quality (even by the director’s low standards), as an example of one such confused chimera of political sensibilities. While it looks pallid and stifling it’s a deceptively good core sample of the almost unjustly prosperous 1950s. Read the rest of this entry »