Midwives

The trust between Ei Hlaing and her various patients allows for profoundly intimate interviews that make them seem relatable and complex rather than victims of an unjust situation. Ei Hlaing’s voice takes a backseat to her subjects’. While it is not particularly interesting aesthetically, it allows the viewer to breathe and comprehend the content between the “action” and interviews. As well as Nyo Nyo, there’s Hla’s younger Muslim apprentice who hopes to open her own clinic one day. Enjoyment. I’m telling you not to chase a man. In one memorable…

How The Chase set the topical, visceral tone for New Hollywood

The townsfolk are portrayed rather like a caricature. It was released in the middle of a tumultuous decade, and Lillian Hellman’s screenplay (adapted from Horton Foote’s novel and play of the same name) dives headfirst into a phalanx of hot-button social issues – racism, wealth disparity, the sexual revolution, guns – often using the supporting cast as a kind of Greek chorus. But the passage of time hasn’t dimmed the brilliant power of Brando’s performance, or the film’s seething atmosphere which still manages to burrow under your skin. The citizens…