Author Archive: Daniel Engelke
Daniel currently resides in New York City working as a freelance writer and director. He is a graduate of the Film and Video department of Columbia College, specializing in Italian Neo-realism and French & British New Wave cinema.
It is not uncommon for even the biggest foreign films of the past to get lost in the shuffle. Nor for American films, either. The original cut of Orson Welles’ ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’ has sadly been forever lost. With this in mind, it is no surprise that the world is unaware of Italian director Antonio […]
The defining auteur ability of Eric Rohmer is filling a simple tale with a semester’s worth of philosophy. Debates, pensive train rides, obsessions over Blaise Pascal. The director went so far as to conceive a series of ‘Comedies et Proverbs’ which, true to the title, formulated a narrative around philosophical maxims. The line in Full […]
It’s not every day that the people behind-the-camera get to share their stories. Usually fans interested in ‘the way things were’ during the glory days of Hollywood have to consult memoirs and ‘authorized’ biographies filled with too much nostalgia of remembrance and not enough memory of reality. While In the Company of Legends is full of fond […]
How many times have we watched the ‘life journey’ relationship between the adolescent adult-male and mature boy-child play out on screen? Bruce Willis and Spencer Breslin in Disney’s The Kid comes to mind…for some reason. Laggies, starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz, seeks to execute this relationship in the female form. Or is that […]
Maya Deren is one of those unavoidable names in American experimental cinema. Her works At Land and Meshes of the Afternoon are displayed in film classrooms across the nation and even individuals peripherally associated with independent film know her name. However, Deren was an artist plagued by lofty ideas that, for one reason or another, failed to come into […]
Who is CuCu Diamantes? This is the question you’ll be asking during her film Amor Cronico. The film follows Cuban-American singer CuCu Diamantes who returns to her home country of Cuba for an island-wide tour. Accompanied by a pint-sized doting manager Guarapo, a sprawling cocktail lounge band, and a giant heel (literally), she tours the […]