Brilliant Failure Reviews

Brilliant Failure: Heaven’s Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980)

A scene in Michael Cimino’s epic Western, Heaven’s Gate (1980), always reminds me of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 ­– the fall of the Twin Towers, man’s almost primitive need for contact in a time of extremis (extremis most of us could never imagine), his endless fight for survival. Much has already been said and […]

Fashion & Film Feature

Fashion & Film: Isabelle Huppert in A Comedy of Power (2006)

With this year’s Elle and Things to Come, Isabelle Huppert is gaining acclaim for challenging female stereotypes. But the truth is she has been honing her ferocious talent for over forty years. In Claude Chabrol’s 2006 L’ivresse du pouvoir ( A Comedy of Power), Huppert played Jeanne Charmant-Killman, a fierce, dedicated French magistrate who investigates […]