William Dieterle’s forgettable, generically stylish attempt at cashing in on the success of Casablanca nets a good transfer.
It trumps the sophomore slump through the inclusion of several top-notch films, an overall excellent A/V presentation, and a bevy of bonus materials.
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.
Perhaps the weakest points of the biography are McGilligan’s basic treatment of the films proper, which receive little by way of his own analysis, instead framing each film’s initial critical reception.
The highly subjective task of compiling a list of the 10 best films of all time is nearly as daunting as the thought that plagues every film completist.
Warner's mega-classic arrives, on a sedan chair, with an alabaster high-definition transfer. Don't drop it on your foot.