Goupi mains rouges

Though lesser known than some of his later films, Goupi mains rouges (1943) was Jacques Becker’s second solo feature and received acclaim at the time of its appearance in Occupied France. It also became the fir...

Le Quai des brumes

Le Quai des brumes (Marcel Carné, 1938) opens on a fog-swept, darkened rural road leading to the port of Le Havre. A truck driver narrowly avoids crashing into the hitchhiking figure of colonial Army deserter J...

A Touch of Zen

Celebrated as the first non-Mainland Chinese film to win an award at the Cannes Film Festival (in 1975), and released during the peak of contemporary Western fascination with the martial arts genre epitomised b...
The Big Parade

The Big Parade

Viewing The Big Parade 88 years after its initial release, and 25 years following its inclusion in my upper-level course on the war film, elicited complex feelings. On the one hand, although the film still stan...

The Man From Laramie

Due to conflict and an eventual breach over the making of Night Passage (James Neilson, 1957), The Man From Laramie (1955) became the final collaboration between Anthony Mann and James Stewart whose association...

Le Corbeau

As Alan Williams notes, “Le Corbeau is an essential work for world film history, if only because its meanings are still being debated” (1). Filmed during the Occupation by the German controlled Continental Film...

Centre Stage

Winner of many awards at national and international film festivals and the subject of several articles and one monograph – by Mette Hjort – in Hong Kong University Press’ New Hong Kong Cinema Series, Yuen Ling-...