Roberto Rossellini

New on Video: ‘Bicycle Thieves’

Why this film in particular is so great has to do with the combination of its classically neorealist features and the skill of a competent group of filmmakers. The end result is certainly one of the finest films of all time.

New on Video: ‘Fear’

Fear is an excellent example of a filmmaker done in by their earlier, far superior work. Rightly or wrongly, it’s difficult not to judge the film based on what we know Rossellini and Bergman could accomplish

New on Video: ‘Macbeth’

This is a somber, sorrowful, generally faithful, and visually satisfying version of one of Shakespeare’s most cinematic works

‘The Good German’ is Soderbergh’s paean to old war films

During the mid-2000s, between his exercise in low-budget filmmaking and new modes of exhibition with Bubble, and his big-budget ensemble Ocean’s Thirteen, Steven Soderbergh made a mid-budget return to 1940s style with The Good German.

Announcing the unambiguous Casablanca reference with a mimicking poster, Soderbergh’s black-and-white film is full of classic Hollywood soft-lighting and sinister wartime figures.

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