Recently Released 6.6
Previewing features recently released on video
- Winter Sleep
With the Oscar-nominated Winter Sleep, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan performs the rare feat of producing a visually interesting film that achieves novelistic complexity without bogging down. The increasingly harassed protagonist is a middle-aged actor who retired to write and supervise the family properties in rural Anatolia. Winter Sleep is Chekhovian in its sympathy for personal, moral and aesthetic issues, and set in a bleak, rocky, mountainous terrain whose buildings seem carved from the landscape.
- Hating Obama
When a rabid Republican shouted “Liar!” at Barack Obama during the State of the Union address, many wandered whether this was symptomatic of declining civility or a manifestation of racism. Hating Obama shows that the level of vituperative abuse hurled at the president results more from his complexion than his policies. Witness footage of the maniacal Ted Nugent calling Obama a “Communist subhuman mongrel” and America’s wealthiest dunce, Donald Trump, blathering on about birth certificates.
- “Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show: The Second Season”
In the midst of the Cold War and McCarthyism, “Sgt. Bilko” (1955-1959) was a weekly dose of subversion served with a smile. Comedian Phil Silvers was brilliant in the title role, playing an army non-com running a floating craps game out of his barracks. Bilko never obeyed a regulation if given a choice and mocked patriotic pieties. Unlike some sitcoms from the 1950s, much of “Sgt. Bilko’s” humor is still funny several lifetimes later.
- The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
Exiled German-Jewish director Robert Siodmak reached an artistic peak by the time of The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945). George Sanders stars as an aging bachelor of impoverished New England gentry who falls in love with a beautiful, sophisticated younger woman. A possessive sister thwarts his chance for happiness. Despite a tacked-on Hollywood ending, Uncle Harry, out on Blu-ray, explores the psychological dynamic of love as suffocation and family as a hothouse of resentment.