Any film festival dedicated exclusively to the treasures, glories, and the occasional folly of the past is likely to be visited by ghosts.
The political resonance of Frank Sinatra’s sleepwalking through these two films is unsubtly reactionary.
This lively, melancholic, quite prescient Humphrey Bogart film receives a sturdy restoration and an excellent audio commentary.
The title of Nicholas Ray’s masterpiece could apply to nearly all of his other films, as it provides a poetic encapsulation of his governing theme.
As one scholar says in the accompanying documentary, “You could spend a lifetime studying 1939.”
His extensive definition of “exile” draws on the likes of theorists Theodor Adorno, Edward Said, and Salman Rushdie to explain how complex self-expression can become when displaced from one’s homeland.
Four genre-defining gangster touchstones, each featuring an iconic performance, get a solid image and sound touch-up as well as oodles of extras. Maybe not quite top of the world, but pretty damn fine all the same.
Creating this fantasy Sight & Sound ballot felt as much like excavation as photography.