Christopher Saunders


I do not propose to recount my life in any detail, what is what. No damn business of anybody's, what is what. I am Groggy Dundee, *that* is what!




  • The Blue Angel

    Blue Angel

    Another touchstone in Weimar Cinema, The Blue Angel (1930) is Josef Von Sternberg's best-known film. It made an icon of Marlene Dietrich, who soon decamped to... Read more

    Posted on 23 March 2014
  • M (1931)


    Fritz Lang's penultimate German film, M (1931) is rightly regarded as a classic. Lang's multilayered masterpiece works as crime drama, social statement and... Read more

    Posted on 23 March 2014
  • Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

    Investigation Citizen Above Suspicion

    Elio Petri's Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) has a formidable reputation, enhanced for Anglosphere viewers by unavailability. Recently given... Read more

    Posted on 22 March 2014
  • Groggy on Moviepilot: More Nazi Movies

    Groggy Moviepilot: More Nazi Movies

    Groggy's most recent Moviepilot article explores a familiar topic: the counterfeit profundity of fascist fetishism. This article was prompted by Godfrey... Read more

    Posted on 20 March 2014
  • Leni Riefenstahl: Fabricating Fascism

    Leni Riefenstahl: Fabricating Fascism

    "I am an artist through and through. That is Leni!"Leni Riefenstahl (1902-2003) was born to a businessman father and doting mother. Read more

    Posted on 18 March 2014
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks

    Extraordinary Adventures West Land Bolsheviks

    "A Yankee being punished and rewarded for his curiosity."As both filmmaker and theorist, Lev Kuleshov ranks among cinema's great pioneers. One of his... Read more

    Posted on 16 March 2014
  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List (1993) is a powerful yet problematic movie. Handsomely directed and impeccably acted, this adaptation of Thomas Keneally's... Read more

    Posted on 14 March 2014
  • Groggy Watches TV: The Thick of It

    Groggy Watches Thick

    "You're not Josh, Ollie. Just write the fucking speech."Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing was a formative experience. That show's snappy dialogue, attractive cast an... Read more

    Posted on 09 March 2014
  • The Pianist


    (2002) ranks among Roman Polanski's greatest achievements. Based on Wladyslaw Szpilman's memoir of Nazi-occupied Poland, it also draws heavily on Polanski's... Read more

    Posted on 08 March 2014
  • Imagineering a Narrative

    Imagineering Narrative

    Staying strictly macroApologies for the erratic schedule lately. I've spent the last month working sporadically on a fiction project, absorbing most of my free... Read more

    Posted on 07 March 2014
  • Oscar Results 2014

    Oscars were last night. The winners, for the record:Best motion picture of the year“American Hustle” Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan... Read more

    Posted on 04 March 2014
  • Massacre in Rome

    Massacre Rome

    Before helming action flicks like Rambo III and Tombstone, George P. Cosmatos debuted with this sober historical drama. Massacre in Rome (1973) depicts an... Read more

    Posted on 03 March 2014