(Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR, 1966): As ravishing as Lawrence of Arabia yet infinitely more inscrutable and ambitious, Andrei Tarkovsky's second film aims to place the making of art both in the context of sweeping historical forces and insurgent spiritual resistance. As notorious for its troubled release history -- Soviet...

(Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy/Algeria, 1966): There was no shortage of anti-colonialist revolutionary theory in circulation during the 1960s, but I doubt any of it -- save maybe Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth -- had the viscerally inciting impact of Gillo Pontecorvo's still-incendiary The Battle of Algiers. Scrutinized with equal --...