Classics & More on DVD (Sep. 3, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1972) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: An arrogant fashion designer falls in love with an icy beauty who wants to be a model.

Bremen Freedom

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1972) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A very stylized TV version of the Fassbinder play.

Eight Hours are Not a Day

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1972) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: The young toolmaker Jochen fights with his colleagues to a performance bonus. He gets to know the girl Marion. For both, it is love at first sight.

Fear Eats the Soul

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1974) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.

Jail Bait

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1973) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Jailbait (Wildwechsel, 1973), also known as Wild Game Crossing, is a bleak story of teenage angst, set in industrial northern Germany during the 1950s.

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1926) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.

Mercy

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (2014) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A single mom and her two boys help take care of their grandmother with mystical powers.

Midnight Cowboy

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens (1969)

  • Excerpt: If there was a better sign that a confounding rift had opened in mainstream American culture, it was surely that *this* film, of all films – whose plot features both gay oral sex in a Times Square theater and a Warhol-inspired druggie bacchanalia – managed to become the No. 2 box-office hit of the year, solidly trouncing that other New York film of 1969, the throwback Gilded Age musical Hello, Dolly!

Nora Helmer

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1974) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A beautiful young housewife, Nora, is trying to convince her tight-laced, bourgeois husband, Torvald, to give her some extra money for the holidays, even if he has to borrow it. Fassbinder’s interpretation of “A dolls house”.

The Plague Dogs

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies (1982)

  • Excerpt: …goes in the pile with emotionally devastating adult cartoons like ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ (1988) and ‘When the Wind Blows’ (1986).

Querelle

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1982) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: The French naval ship, Le Vengeur, based out of Marseille, has just docked in Brest for an extended stay…

World on a Wire

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1973) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies.

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