Classics

Leone, like all genius filmmakers, relied on images, not words, to tell a story.
For generations of moviegoers the Western hero was pure in spirit. He was gallant and he had a sense of humour. He had to use his gun because the times called for it. Usually he had movie star good looks, all the better to accommodate the dreams...
A case study in pure cinema.
For many Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game is the great film. Deeply human, funny, true, and deeply engrossed in the techniques of screen storytelling it’s a case study in pure cinema. It is also supreme work of Art. Made just before Rules, La...
Re-discovered Australian classic is brutally honest.
Hats off to Madman Entertainment for giving Australian audiences the chance to discover Wake in Fright, a long-lost and neglected Australian masterpiece. As my colleague Peter Galvin has reported, Canadian director Ted Kotcheff’s raw 1971...
A junkie film whose reputation precedes it.
When Pure Shit had its premiere at Melbourne’s Playbox in May 1976, the Vice Squad raided the theatre. Originally banned by the censor in Australia, the filmmakers were forced to alter the title in ads and posters to the more digestible Pure S....
A forgotten classic of French cinema.
Today, the arrondissement of Montmartre represents the contrast that is modern Paris. At its centre is a thriving tourist mecca – a marketplace, brimming with local artisans sketching the grinning profiles of continental tourists, consumed by the...