‘Pola X’: French auteur loses his mind, makes one of his best movies

Leos Carax’s Pola X (1999) is an unhinged work, at times virtually daring the audience not to snicker at it. And yet, prior to this year’s Holy Motors, it was Carax’s most successfully realized film — a lacerating portrait of the artist as deluded fool. Read more [...]

Before ‘Holy Motors’: Leos Carax’s grand romantic folly ‘Lovers on the Bridge’

As Leos Carax’s comeback film Holy Motors opens nationwide, a look back at his The Lovers on the Bridge: one of those seemingly accursed movies cherished by cinema history. The film is a delirious romantic vision and a boondoggle — it made Carax, and it broke him. Read more [...]