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Dogs in Space (1986) Directed by Richard Lowenstein Set in 1978, Dogs in Space evokes a time when bands formed overnight in Melbourne. The film, which stars INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, focuses on one such band, the name of which is the name of film. Along with friends and friends of friends, they live in a shared house. It’s communal living, and Lowenstein conveys this with a flowing, mobile camera, maintaining spatial relations, and picking...
Private Property (1960) Directed by Leslie Stevens Leslie Stevens’s rediscovered rough diamond Private Property, shot over five days for $59,000, marks a hinge point in American film. It harks back to the noirs of the 1950s and looks forward to the more winking and psychologically probing crime films of the 1970s and 1980s broadly informed by Hitchcock, to whom Stevens pays tribute with an arch one-liner. In the predatory Southern California drifters Duke and Boots—Corey Allen...
Wings of Desire (1987) Directed by Wim Wenders In bisected Berlin, curious, ponytailed angels intimately listen to the thoughts, dreams, and desires of every passersby. This is the pneumatic and expressive diegesis of Wim Wenders’s film; we follow these angels as they watch over every aspect of the city, neither in heaven or hell, but a sort of modernist purgatory. When one of the angels becomes enraptured by a lonely, alluring trapeze artist, he must decide...

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