"The lady in the tutti-frutti hat" was an inspiration to wartime audiences long before she inspired Chiquita Banana. While her "Brazilian bombshell" persona embodied the tempestuousness, seductiveness, and most importantly the exoticism of Latin America for U.S. audiences, the campy stereotype that m
Vienna-born actor, writer, and director Erich Von Stroheim worked mainly in the silent film genre (only one of his films was a "talkie"), but he seemed nevertheless to make a lot of noise. As an actor in Hollywood during World War I, he was often typecast as the leering, be-monocled Prussian villain.
It is the sensory impression of a moment -- its sight, sound, and smell -- that most deeply embeds itself in our memories and our internal histories, and it is such impressions that Austrian filmmaker Peter Kubelka seeks to capture in his short works. Quantitatively, the entire collection of his shor
Sex, melodrama, and a raunchy, dark comedy -- audiences can expect to find excesses of all these types in the works of Pedro Almodovar, a Spanish filmmaker whose homegrown popularity rivals that of Luis Bunuel. Born poor and unable to afford tuition to film school (all of which were, at any rate, clo