Playtime (1967)

Review first published by Movie Gazette The French comic director Jacques Tati was born Tatischeff, grandson of the Imperial Russian military attaché in Paris – but on his film sets he was nicknamed ‘Tatillon’, the French for ‘pernickety’, because of his excessive fastidiousness and insistence on endless retakes. Following the international success of his previous…

Samsara (2011)

Review first published in S&S Sept 2012 Synopsis: Spectacular scenes of humanity and nature are mixed together into a non-verbal essay on the transience and cylicality of worldly affairs. Review: Ron Fricke’s Samsara is named for a Sanskrit word (literally “to flow on”) used in a number of Eastern religions to denote the endless cycle…