(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...

(Robert Bresson, France, 1951): As a priest (Claude Laydu) struggles to bring faith, hope and devotion to the rural region of Ambricourt, God himself withholds any favours: the priest is not only sickly and alone, but obsessively self-destructive, monomaniacal and when he ventures from house to...