The Life of Emile Zola is an early instance of Hollywood’s obsession with the biopic. Despite its relative obscurity, one of many film’s plot lines—the jailing of French Jewish artillery officer Alfred Dreyfus—is one of Hollywood’s first makes an attempt to address anti-Semitism and the Nazi Party.
And like most Vietnam War films,Platoonrefuses to provide easy solutions, choosing as a substitute to look again on American involvement in Vietnam with confusion and remorse. Released alongside the famous kitchen-sink dramas of British New Wave cinema, Tom Jones sees director Tony Richardson and playwright John Osborne adapt the basic novel by Henry Fielding. Half social satire and half picaresque comedy, the movie follows a fatherless country boy (Albert Finney, in a breakthrough efficiency) on his hilarious misadventures, all while making an attempt to win the love of his beloved Sophie Western (Susannah York). A decades-spanning, multifaceted character research of Emperor Pu Yi, … Read More