The Leopard at the Castro

Historical epics like Lawrence of Arabia, Gandhi, and Cleopatra tell us stories about people who changed history. Others--what I call passive epics--concentrate on people whose worlds are changed by the history happening around them. Gone With the Wind, Ben-Hur, and Dr. Zhivago fit into this category. Luchino Visconti's 1963 film The Leopard takes this passivity … Continue reading The Leopard at the Castro

What’s Screening: February 18 – 24

No festivals this week. A Double bill: Chinatown & L.A. Confidential, Castro, Thursday. Roman Polanski may be a rapist, but you can’t watch Chinatown and deny his talent as a filmmaker. (Not that that in any way excuses his actions as a human being.) Writer Robert Towne fictionalized an actual scandal involving Southern California water … Continue reading What’s Screening: February 18 – 24