(Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japan, 1964): Using sand as the operative metaphor for the instability of identity and futility of escape, Hiroshi Teshigahara's Woman in the Dunes blends a modernist cinematic sensibility with a near noir account of fate and desire at the bottom of a big hole. At the...

(Sergio Leone, Italy/Spain/West Germany, 1964): "There's money to be made in a place like this." So speaks the stranger (Clint Eastwood) of the desert shithole he's just ridden into on the back of a mule. The town, pretty much two rows of bleached buildings facing a...

( Serge Bromberg, Ruxandra Medrea, France, 2009): The madness on display in Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno, a pastiche assembly of the unfinished 1964 film noir the notoriously perfectionistic director of Quai des Orfevres and Diabolique nearly lost his mind and life in the making, is nothing if not methodical. Intended by the infamously...

The following originally appeared in The Globe and Mail in July, 2014. Among the many ways in which the Beatles changed everything, there was the matter of time. They accelerated and warped it, so that the very decade of the 1960s seemed to unfold on according to their...