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On The Silver Globe (1988) Directed by Andrzej Żuławski To describe a Żuławski film with words—“guttural,” “primitive,” “extreme” come to mind— is to undermine the actual experience.  Buffeted by tidal waves of verbosity, an invasive, always-moving camera eye captures actors driven to maniacal states often bordering acute pleasure and pain, radical ecstasy. His films are a cinematic other, almost unbearable yet impossible to ignore, and certainly his own. On the Silver Globe, his fractured sci-fi...
Seriously Funny: The Films of Leo McCarey July 15th-31st at MoMA Although his name might not be as celebrated today, the film director Leo McCarey was every bit the equal of better-known auteurs such as Frank Borzage, Jean Renoir, and Carl Theodor Dreyer. Like Borzage, he was a born romantic who sought to understand how people (sometimes misguidedly) used love and intimacy to try to protect each other from the dangers of their surrounding world. Like...

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