by Richard von Busack Directed by Chester Erskine, 1952’s Androcles and the Lion was sold as part of the 1950s cinematic craze for the Roman Empire.
by Richard von Busack When sound arrived in motion pictures, the new technology took a universally thrilling medium and paralyzed it.
by Richard von Busack “You see, Italy is a very poor and weak country, and that’s what makes us so strong” —the Old Man in Catch 22 Watching Totò the clown in the 1960 Mario Monicelli film The Passionate Thief (March 5 and 7 at Pacific Film Archive) means observing someone so good at his […]
by Richard von Busack Among the myriad film fests in the Bay Area, Berlin and Beyond is one of the most eclectic and daring—its criteria is nothing less than films made in a language spoken by 100 million people.
Read two critical perspectives on Calvary (2014, John Michael McDonagh), from Tim Sika and Richard Von Busack. Calvary opens in the San Francisco / Bay Area on Friday, August 8, 2014.
Read two critical perspectives on Violette (2013, Martin Provost), from Richard von Busack and Mel Valentin. Violette opens in San Francisco at Landmark Cinema’s Embarcadero Center Cinema, Landmark’s Albany Twin in Albany, and Rafael Film Center in San Rafael on Friday, June 27, 2014.