Don Druker, Chicago Reader

  1. The French Connection II 1975 full review
  2. The Conversation 1974 Coppola manages to turn an expert thriller into a portrayal of the conflict between ritual and responsibility without ever letting the levels of tension subside or the complicated plot get muddled. full review
  3. The Great Gatsby 1974 Director Jack Clayton seems overawed by the opulence of the production as well as by the mythic presence of Fitzgerald -- and the result is a film of shimmering surface brilliance and almost complete lack of focus or substance. full review
  4. Serpico 1973 A virtuoso performance by Al Pacino and some expert location work by Sidney Lumet add up to a tour de force genre piece that transcends the supercop conventions to create a moving, engrossing portrait of Frank Serpico. full review
  5. En Passion (A Passion) (The Passion of Anna) 1969 A tentative, plotless film that pulses with the rhythms of life rather than the rhythms of drama. full review
  6. The Big Knife 1955 full review
  7. The Lady Vanishes 1938 This is vintage Hitchcock, with the pacing and superb editing that marked not only his 30s style but eventually every film that had any aspirations whatever to achieving suspense and rhythm. full review
  8. Faust 1926 As atmospheric and menacing a work as the expressionist movement ever produced. full review
  9. Go West 1925 full review
  10. /titles/199755 Polanski's film suggests that the rules of the game are written in some strange, untranslatable language, and that everyone's an alien and, ultimately, a victim. full review
  11. /titles/199752 John Ford's 1952 Oscar winner is a tribute to an Ireland that exists only in the imaginations of songwriters and poets like Ford. full review
  12. /titles/199781 A tour de force for Swanson and one of Wilder's better efforts. full review

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