What the Critics Say About ARMY OF SHADOWS
ByJAMI BERNARD © 2006 NYDailyNews.com
1969 French film examining patriotism that's
just now debuting in the U.S. may be among
the greatest movies ever made.
By STEPHANIE ZACHAREK © 2006 Salon.com
One of the great pleasures of
being a young moviegoer is sifting through
the boundless treasure of movies that were
made long ago, perhaps before you were born,
pictures that have found a fresh audience year
after year, decade after decade. The problem
is that whenever you find something that particularly
excites you– it could be "Breathless"
or "The Rules of the Game"
or "The Bicycle Thief" --
there's always some smarty-pants type around
who's eager to remind you that he or she got
to it first: "Oh, I saw that 20 years
ago, when I was in college," these people
say, as if to grab credit for having made some
grand discovery. That been-there, done-that
spiel, aside from being purely annoying, makes
it seem as if there are no "new"
classics to discover. Everything great has
been seen by someone, somewhere, before.