Articles by Arsaib Gilbert

About Arsaib Gilbert (11 Articles)
Arsaib is a cinephile with a particular interest in Japanese cinema.


May 20, 2016 // 2 Comments

★★★★ 4/4 How does a filmmaker, pace Godard, go about making sense of an incomprehensible tragedy?  What should be his or her approach?  On the one extreme, we have countless examples of [...]


April 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

★★★★ 4/4 If Robert Bresson had ever made a film about drugs, it would likely have been as stark and austere as Christine, a 52-minute masterpiece created by Alan Clarke for BBC television.  [...]

The Sealed Soil

February 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

★★★★ 4/4 Although poet-filmmaker Forough Farrokhzad and her landmark documentary short from 1962, The House Is Black, which helped pave the way for the Iranian new wave of the sixties and [...]


February 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

★★★★ 4/4   At one point during the remarkable train sequence late in the film—this elliptically poetic episode runs approximately nine minutes, considerably longer than what I had [...]

Late Chrysanthemums

November 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

★★★½ 3.5/4 Co-adapted by Tanaka Sumie and Ide Toshirô—who, together or separately, collaborated with director Naruse Mikio on some of his finest films of the fifties and sixties—Late [...]

What Did the Lady Forget?

October 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

★★★ 3/4 What Did the Lady Forget? (Shukujo wa nani o wasureta ka) isn’t considered among Ozu Yasujirô’s greatest achievements but it is a richer film than what it appears on the [...]

White Mountains

September 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

★★★★ 4/4 At about the two-thirds mark of White Mountains (Belye gory), a poetic, multivocal, and altogether remarkable debut feature by Kyrgyz director Melis Ubukeev, it briefly abandons [...]

Twenty-Four Eyes

August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

★★★★ 4/4   Perhaps nothing illustrates better the kind of standing Kinoshita Keisuke’s Twenty-Four Eyes (Nijûshi no hitomi) holds in Japan than the fact that it beat out, among [...]

The Mortal Storm

July 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

★★★★ 4/4 In his excellent 1997 piece on Frank Borzage, “The Sanctum Sanctorum of Love,” Kent Jones stated that “in Nazism Borzage finally recognized a formidable enemy of [...]

American Heart

June 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

★★★½ 3.5/4   While documentary elements in a narrative film tend to enhance or legitimize its fictional content, it doesn’t quite work that way the other way around. I know the latter [...]