Monthly Archives: December 2013

Cape Fear (J. Lee Thompson, 1962)

There is a scene near the beginning of J. Lee Thompson’s Cape Fear in which we see Max Cady (Robert Mitchum, every bit as menacing as he was in Night of the Hunter) sitting in a bar and eyeing a woman of his liking. We see her at a table, cut back to him looking, […]

Caesar Must Die (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, 2013)

To be sure, the central conceit of Caesar Must Die, a hybrid documentary from Paolo and Vittorio Taviani in which convicts perform Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, is not as powerful as it ought to be. Sequences in which art imitates the lives of the prisoners are delivered plainly and without resonance, as when one performer says, […]

American Hustle (David O. Russell, 2013)

There is a scene in the first act of David O. Russell’s American Hustle in which con-man-turned-informant Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) are in a museum admiring a painting, at which point Rosenfeld declares that it’s a fake. The conversation purportedly lifts directly from Orson Welles’ F For Fake, […]