Author Archives: Fabrizio del Wrongo

About Fabrizio del Wrongo

Recovering liberal arts major. Unrepentant movie nut. Aspiring boozehound.

Notes on “War and Peace”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: I spent much of the 431-minute running time of Sergei Bondarchuk’s 1966 “War and Peace” wondering if spectacle, in and of itself, can be considered a kind of art. “War and Peace” doesn’t work as drama, … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Notes on “Robinson Crusoe”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Luis Buñuel’s 1954 “Robinson Crusoe” may be my favorite movie adaptation of a great novel. Buñuel’s dry, elliptical handling of the material highlights its fabulous qualities without kicking it into the realm of fantasy. (Buñuel is … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Notes on “Over the Edge”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: “Over the Edge” is an example of a movie whose exploitation emphasis neutralizes its social message and clears the way for something approaching honesty. Director Jonathan Kaplan is often able to present its kids with a … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Notes on “Joan the Maid”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: I can’t think of a movie that feels more authentically Medieval than Jacques Rivette’s 1994 “Joan the Maid,” an interpretation of the Joan of Arc story in two very long parts. In it, Rivette, always attentive … Continue reading

Posted in History, Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

I Require the Blood of Fifty Children

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: The Caliph, however, whose ideas were confused, and whose head was embarrassed, went on administering justice at haphazard; till at length the prime vizir, perceiving his situation, hit upon a sudden expedient to interrupt the audience … Continue reading

Posted in Books Publishing and Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Notes on “Aquaman”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: There’s something gleeful, almost lightfooted, in the tacky gigantism of “Aquaman.” Director James Wan rejects the would-be seriousness and most of the cynicism that characterize Marvel’s superhero films in favor of kitsch and can-do cheeriness. Like … Continue reading

Posted in Movies, Performers | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

It is Like Losing a Limb

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Monday, November 17. This was a black day in our calendar. At seven o’clock in the morning, it being our watch below, we were aroused from a sound sleep by the cry of “All hands ahoy! … Continue reading

Posted in Books Publishing and Writing | Tagged , , | 2 Comments