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A whimsical fairytale of class warfare, Vittorio de Sica’s Miracle in Milan is as divergent a film imaginable from his previous work—the heart-breaking masterpiece, Bicycle Thieves—while still operating within the tenets of neorealism. This charming fantasy is one of the few comedies from the sound era that could work as well silent, which makes sense when accounting for Charlie Chaplin’s sizable influence here. Like the best Chaplin features, de Sica and writer Cesare Zavattini craft a tale that drives to…
An O.G. of surrealism and contemporary to the Marx Brothers’s anarchic hijinks, Luis Buñuel’s L’Âge d’Or is a fever dream of absurd humor, violent outbursts, and delirious eroticism. L’Âge d’Or brims with evocative and unforgettable imagery (a cow in bed, a horse-drawn trolley carted through a soirée, a woman fellating a statue’s toe, a man throwing the Pope out of a window…) through which Buñuel lucidly articulates the Sisyphean repressions of his unconscious mind, namely man’s desperate obsessions with sex, mortality, and religious oppression of selfness.