Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

It was a brilliant move for Spike Lee to make a half Italian-language WWII film. He sets the film in Italy; there are Italian Resistance fighters (i partizani) and Judases and Nazis and compassionate Nazis; he has Italian cast members who are speaking Italian (and there are Germans speaking German too); the cinematography is foggy in a daybreak-on-a-mountainside sort of way; and he blends it … Continue reading Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

Camp de Thiaroye (1987)

I have seen two other Ousmane Sembene films: Black Girl and Borom Sarret (1966).  I showed one of my college writing classes Black Girl and I remember someone saying they were tired of the whole Black-White thing, and why couldn’t we just move past it. Well, sure, the film deals with issues of Black and White, but from a completely different context than we are … Continue reading Camp de Thiaroye (1987)

Battleship Potemkin (1925)

This classic Eisenstein has eluded me for years.  Despite having read many readings about this film in grad school, I haven’t managed to actually watch this film until now.  It was well worth the wait.  Why, you ask? For starters, I didn’t fall asleep.  Sometimes the hardest thing to do is elaborate on your own thoughts.  I think with Battleship Potemkin, this is infinitely difficult … Continue reading Battleship Potemkin (1925)