Melville, an avid admirer and collector of Americana and American crime movies, took much from the gangsters and brooding tough guys in Hollywood pictures of the 1930s and 1940s.
Vega, herself trans, defiant, resilient, faces all, creating that fantastic woman as we observe, transfixed.
Making our first feature was a whirlwind education, one far from finished.
Bursting with music, jokes, outrageous behavior, drinking, sex, drinking and elemental tragedy.
A court case about a broken drain pipe blows madly out of proportion in modern-day Beirut.
Blood and tears and ink and unspoken, perhaps unspeakable fear and anger.
Russian drama, Yugoslavian vaudeville, French gamblers, Brooklyn bourgeois and a drunken London dinner party highlight the month.