Episode #05: The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Buona Pasqua! This is a special Easter edition of Cinema Italiano, with an audio essay on Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Gospel According to St. Matthew, exploring this excitingly anachronistic tale of Christ with themes and motifs that recur throughout Pasolini's filmography. Links: The Gospel According to Film - April 2018 essay comparing three films about the … Continue reading Episode #05: The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Weekly Round-Up: May 15-21, 2016

Last week, I saw: Woman in the Dunes (1964) - At its best, this demented love story is an absolute thriller, chronicling the kidnapping and imprisonment of one man by a rural Japanese village. Unfortunately, this intriguing premise loses momentum and is all but buried by its 2 1/2 hour running time. NOT RECOMMENDED. Descendants … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: May 15-21, 2016

Band of Outsiders (1964)

One of the most undeniably cool movies I’ve seen, Band of Outsiders by Jean-Luc Godard is the story of three young adults who scheme to rob a neighbor. Everything that takes is by chance, including their friendship by ending up in a class together and the woman (played to vulnerable excellence by Anna Karina) who accidentally … Continue reading Band of Outsiders (1964)

Bikini Beach (1964)

Bikini Beach may be the Beach Party series at its camp best, with the one-two punch of over-the-top humor and some fantastic songs. While not the very best Beach Party film, it has all the trademarks of a classic and reminds us why this series is so special. The plot is similar in structure to … Continue reading Bikini Beach (1964)

Muscle Beach Party (1964)

Muscle Beach Party is one of the more forgettable entries in the Beach Party saga, but it is possibly the best in terms of sheer quality. Like all the other films, it is about the same band of kids going to the beach for the summer, but the side story (of the Italian heiress trying … Continue reading Muscle Beach Party (1964)