Festival Reports

Wherever in the Landscape: ArtFilm 2014 »

Shirley: Visions of Reality

By Robert Buckeye. Cannes may be a place, but it is not place as we understand it, except as it exists as cinephilia on a screen. Berlin is a place, its past always…

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AFI Docs Film Festival 2014 »

An Honest Liar

By Michael Miller.  AFI Docs, now in its second year, unspooled June 18-22 at multiple venues in the District of Columbia and all three screens at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring,…

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The Art House Convergence Regional Seminar 2014 »

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By Mark James.  It’s fitting that “Art House Convergence” spells it with two separate words. Without the specificity that the term “Arthouse” commands in the film world, “Art House” can enjoy a far…

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AFI Docs Film Festival 2014 »

Alfred & Jakobine

By Gary M. Kramer.  For the second year, AFI Docs showcased non-fiction shorts and features at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD, and at various Washington, D.C. venues. The festival was…

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Inside the Bled Film Festival »

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Ever wonder how film festivals come together? Noah Charney, Selector of Feature Films for the first annual Bled Film Festival, provides an inside look. Six weeks, thirty-five films, eight slots to fill. I…

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Interview

By the Starlight: An Interview with April Wright on Going Attractions »

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By Paul Risker. On Saturday the 23 August two inaugural moments separated by eight decades are scheduled to converge when…

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Wertham in Context: An Interview with Robert A. Emmons Jr. on Diagram for Delinquents »

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By Tom Ue. Robert A. Emmons Jr. is a documentary filmmaker. His films include: Enthusiast: The 9th Art (2001),…

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In the Post-Mod Shadow: An Interview with Wayne Kramer »

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By Paul Risker. Writer-director of The Cooler (2003) and Running Scared (2006), Wayne Kramer has worked exclusively in independent…

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Bonded by Flicks: Woody Wise and Inda Reid on a 30-Year Brotherhood »

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By Irv Slifkin. For 30 years, Woody Wise has entertained his friends on Saturdays in his Los Angeles-area home.…

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The Virus Returns: An Interview with Kaare Andrews »

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By Paul Risker. Just as a virus needs a host, there is a broad collection of films placed both…

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The Corman Legacy Continues: An Interview with Evelyn Maude Purcell »

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By Anna Weinstein. Heatstroke, starring Stephen Dorff, Svetlana Metkina, and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), tells the story of…

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Gaming the Future: An Interview with Jeremy Snead on Video Games: The Movie »

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By Paul Risker. Every art form has a story, and recalling Mark Cousins’ description of film being a grass…

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Shoe-String Initiative: An Interview with Nikki Braendlin »

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By Anna Weinstein. Nikki Braendlin’s film As High as the Sky tells the story of Margaret, a woman struggling…

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Review

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Sleepwalker (1984) »

By Janine Gericke. Saxon Logan’s 1984 film Sleepwalker was once thought to be lost. Distributors weren’t sure how to market and sell the film; so instead, it ended up on…

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Love is Strange (2014) »

By Mark James. Love is strange, and so is the real estate market these days, especially in New York. Love’s form can change along with the place and the people…

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Consumed: David Cronenberg’s Foray into Body Horror Prose »

A Book Review by Shane Joaquin Jimenez.  The Nest (2014), the latest film by David Cronenberg, is comprised of a single unbroken GoPro shot. A topless woman sits on an…

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The Varieties of Experience: Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo »

By Paul Risker. In my review of Alive Inside for Film International, the idea arose that the act of explaining one’s love of a piece of music undermines the intimate…

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A Most Wanted Man: The Zen of Spydom »

By Jacob Mertens.  At some point in watching modern spy films—be they centered around James Bond, Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan, et al.—viewers can lose sight of the fact that being…

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I am Cuba at 50 »

By James Knight. “My sugar was carried away on ships, but my tears were left behind.” This year marks the fiftieth birthday of Mikhail Kalatozov’s classic film I am Cuba.…

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Making Personas: Transnational Film Stardom in Modern Japan (2013) »

A Book Review by Carmen Siu. Earlier this year, Avril Lavigne garnered considerable negative attention for her ‘Hello Kitty’ music video. Filmed in Tokyo, the video features an enthusiastic Lavigne jumping…

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Alive Inside: Reconnecting the Self, with Sound »

By Paul Risker. Earth: a world of sound within a vacuum, despite the best efforts of science fiction to convince us otherwise. Then there is the metaphysical question of a tree…

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) »

By James Teitelbaum. The coolest thing about Joss Whedon’s film The Avengers (2012) is that it exists. The notion that four major Marvel Comics heroes (The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Iron…

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Unrelated

The Films of Joanna Hogg »

By Gary M. Kramer. With the release of Joanna Hogg’s three features, Unrelated (2007), Archipelago (2010), and Exhibition (2013), it is imperative for cinephiles to discover her brilliance as a…

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What’s at Stake in the Work of Art: John Cassavetes’ The Killing of a Chinese Bookie »

By Brandon Konecny. Apart from Faces (1968) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974), none of Cassavetes’ films were successful, both commercially and critically. They were seen as chaotic, technically…

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The Time of His Life: Richard Linklater’s Boyhood »

By Matthew Sorrento. I honestly hope the “sublime” trend ends soon, with the recent output of Terrence Malick, his bombastic, excessive Tree of Life and To the Wonder, and gaseous…

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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) »

By Jeremy Carr.  Even if we weren’t told at the start that Picnic at Hanging Rock was about a group of girls who disappeared Saturday, Feb. 14, 1900 and were…

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Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013) »

By Jude Warne. In his 1854 book Walden, Henry David Thoreau sets forth a crucial instruction: “Resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” This, perhaps, is the overarching message…

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Forsaken Son: Richie Mehta’s Siddharth »

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By Paul Risker. If film is a visual medium, then Richie Mehta’s Siddharth (2013) places as much emphasis on what is seen…

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Borgman (2013) »

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By James Teitelbaum. The pivotal moment in Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman comes at the end of the first act, when the titular…

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The Epic of Everest: Closing the Gap Between Man and the Impossibly Distant »

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By Axel Andersson.  An epic of Everest? The heroics of nature? John Noel’s remarkable 1924 documentary, expertly restored by the BFI with…

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The Past As It Is: Agnieszka Holland’s Burning Bush »

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By Paul Risker. Agnieszka Holland’s three part mini-series Burning Bush (2013) opens with a pictorial and musical energy that swings like a…

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The Cold Lands, Cold Indeed »

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By Robert Kenneth Dator. In The Cold Lands prepare for inspired photography by Wyatt Garfield within which images old-growth forests appear like…

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The Art of the Steal: Joyous, Clever, and Fun »

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By Noah Charney. The first compliment I will pay to the new art heist movie, The Art of the Steal (2013), written…

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Cutting Room Cleanup: Junger’s Korengal »

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By Paul Risker. The war on terror has received ample coverage on news and media outlets. But in an age when we are…

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Sorcerer (1977) »

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By William Repass.  “You think they pay you to drive? They pay you to be terrified. That’s your division of labor.” -The Wages…

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Finding Fault with The Fault In Our Stars »

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By Jacob Mertens. A month or so back, Slate posted an article in anticipation of Josh Boone’s film The Fault In Our…

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Life As He Saw It »

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By Paul Risker. There is the frequently re-iterated question of what is the value of a life. The cinematic equivalent is the time…

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Seeing Your Doppelganger Can Only Spell Trouble: Enemy (2013) »

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By Janine Gericke. Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy opens with a quote from José Saramago’s novel The Double, which Enemy is loosely based on,…

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The Good Neighbour (2013) »

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By Sam Littman. Not one element of Astrid Schau-Larsen’s documentary The Good Neighbour is superfluous. For this and many tangential reasons alone it is…

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Cinema that Goes to Eleven: Mike “McBeardo” McPadden’s Heavy Metal Movies (2014) »

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A Book Review by Brandon Konecny. Let all metalheads throw up their devilhorns in celebration—Mike “McBeardo” McPadden’s blood-soaked, guitar-churning anthology Heavy Metal…

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Weekend: Goodbye to Language 2D »

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By James Knight. Joint recipient of the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival was Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D.…

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Uwantme2killhim? (2013) »

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By Robert Kenneth Dator. The upshot of what some teens would call a relationship in a world of cyberslaves sees rachel_angel83 (Jaime…

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Birth of the Living Dead (2013) »

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By Cleaver Patterson.  Film documentaries are the cinematic equivalent of a written biography. As a result, it follows that those which include…

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Living Stars (2014) »

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By Gary M. Kramer. One of the highlights of Awesomefest’s summer line up is the free July 3 screening of the irresistible documentary,…

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Double Indemnity (1944) »

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By Jeremy Carr. This year marks the 70th anniversary of one of the greatest film noir ever made, perhaps the quintessential title…

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A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) »

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By David Sterritt. Hans Detlef Sierck left Germany in 1937, arrived in the United States four years later, Americanized his name to…

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Throne of Blood: An Ethereal Play of Light and Shadow »

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By William Repass.  Wind and mist over hills that turn out to be ruins. A funereal sutra chanted over the soundtrack. Beside a…

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Bottled Up: The Treacherous Terrain of Poverty, Family, and Love »

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By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Indie directors love to mix genres in order to introduce us to fairly realistic characters, unusual stories and…

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Double Eisenbergs Spell Trouble »

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By Matthew Sorrento. Of all the entries in NPR’s 2013 series “Movies I’ve Seen a Million Times,” Jesse Eisenberg’s is the most…

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Bullet Ballet: An Existentialist Journey through Shibuya »

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By Giuseppe Sedia.  To certain a degree Bullet Ballet (1998) represents a dividing line in Shin’ya Tsukamoto’s cinematic career that shifted once…

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Child’s Pose: The Limits of the Awful Mother »

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By Christopher Sharrett. Gwendolyn Audrey Foster offers on this site a larger account of Călin Peter Netzer’s Child’s Pose than what follows…

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First Fruits of Inspiration: The Films of Wheeler Winston Dixon »

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By Matthew Sorrento. Here at Film International, we’re honored to have the hardest working man in film culture as a regular contributor.…

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Oskar Fischinger 1900-1967: Experiments in Cinematic Abstract (2013) »

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A Book Review by Brandon Konecny.  It’s a shame that Oskar Fischinger hasn’t found his way into more literature on avant-garde cinema.…

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Godzilla: Savior of Mankind »

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Godzilla is a simple creature. A relic from the prehistoric era, brought to life by atomic testing, Godzilla…

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Criminally Boring: Wolf Creek 2 (2013) »

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By Gary M. Kramer. It has been nearly a decade since Wolf Creek (2005) provided a cautionary tale about backpacking through the…

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Assault on Wall Street (2013) »

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By Sebastian Clare. To cinephiles and avid video-gamers alike, the name ‘Uwe Boll’ is synonymous with the very worst of what today’s…

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Catching Fire: The Revolution Will Be Televised »

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By Jacob Mertens. Revolution used to be a tangible part of our history. Not just stories of Malcolm X riling up a…

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Wake in Fright (1971) »

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By Robert Kenneth Dator. Great Australian films are not so hard to come by. Finding great Australian films that Australians think are…

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OffOn: An Explosion of the Senses »

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. “The human eye, the human form, the human face: these are the three central images of this avant-garde…

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Thoughts on Two Recent Films: Dallas Buyers Club and Catching Fire »

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Matthew McConaughey is an excellent actor, and Lord knows he’s working enough these days, and he brings real…

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Wings (1927) »

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By Jude Warne.  On May 16th 1929, in Hollywood’s Hotel Roosevelt, it was announced that William Wellman’s film Wings had won the…

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The Most Important Film Book of 2014: Film Manifestos and Global Cinema Cultures »

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A Book Review by Wheeler Winston Dixon. Literally hundreds of film books cross my desk every year; I review books on every…

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Features

Missing in Action: The Lost Version of Vanishing Point »

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Much has been deservedly written on Richard C. Sarafian’s existential road movie Vanishing Point (1971), a shambling, glorious…

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The Narcissistic Sociopathology of Gender: Craig’s Wife and The Hitch-Hiker, Part 1 »

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By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. It’s instructive to study the work of Dorothy Arzner and Ida Lupino in context with one another. Though…

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Preliminary Notes on the Monochrome Universe »

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Lately I’ve been thinking about black and white movies, and how they’ve almost completely disappeared from the current…

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“Illusion and Reality” Films: Genre and Apotheosis »

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By Brian Russell Graham. A great many of the most popular films of recent decades are characterized by a character’s struggle to…

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From Gangster to Master: the Forgotten Edward G. Robinson »

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By Matthew Sorrento. I. The Look Robinson’s legion of fans grew after the actor delivered an intense desperation as Rico Bandello in…

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Rocky Balboa and the Politics of Urban Renewal »

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By Jon Kraszewski. Coming at the end of a film series that had degenerated into useless portraits of cartoonish characters and simplified…

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The Mother’s Role in Bergman’s Persona »

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By Terence Diggory. CONTENTS The Critical Audience Dramatis Personae Child’s Play Alma Mater Sons and Lovers Fear of Lying Fear of Dying…

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True Love, Pride, and Passion: Re-viewing Stephen Frears’s Dangerous Liaisons (1988) »

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By Lesley Brill. In Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s Les Liaisons dangereuses (most of the plot of which Frears’s Dangerous Liaisons follows faithfully),…

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One-Location Films and How They Achieve Their Success »

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By Victoria Tickle. One-location (or one-room) films are films that do exactly what they say on their metaphorical tins: their narratives take…

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Our Children, or the Importance of Medea »

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By Christopher Sharrett. Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children (Á perdre la raison, a.k.a. Loving without Reason, a much more sensible title) put me…

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The Invisible Cinema of Marcel Hanoun »

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. “With poor and derisory resources, with the help and goodwill of those who have worked with me, I…

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The Noir Vision of Max Ophüls, Romantic Fatalist »

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Max Ophüls, born Maximillian Oppenheimer on 6 May 1902, Saarbrücken, Germany, was a director known primarily for his…

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1970s Rape-Revenge Films and their Remakes: Changing Representations »

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By Victoria Tickle. Rape-revenge films are a controversial sub-genre of films that have been the subject of many critical debates surrounding feminism,…

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The Archaeology of Abjection in The Exorcist »

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By Will Dodson. Warner Home Video released a new Blu-ray set of William Friedkin’s The Exorcist on October 8, coinciding with the…

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Light From the Screen: Cinema, Painting and Spectatorship »

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Noël Coward once observed that “television is for appearing on – not for looking at,” but as the…

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Yayoi Kusama: The Orgy of Self Obliteration »

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By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. As an internationally acclaimed Japanese/American artist, Yayoi Kusama rejects any Orientalist assumptions about her work or her self.…

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Charles Burnett’s Inner City Portrait: Revisiting Killer of Sheep and the post-Watts crisis on film »

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By Jamie Isbell. Charles Burnett’s UCLA thesis feature Killer of Sheep (1977) has become something of a retrospective masterpiece. A cult artifact…

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Elvira Notari: A Woman in Search of Desire »

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  By Rossella Scalia. My first encounter with the director Elvira Notari occurred randomly, as almost always happens with important meetings. I…

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Reconsidering The Landscape of the Homoerotic Body in Claire Denis’s Beau Travail »

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By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. I begin, as my title suggests, with a quote from Agnès Godard, the cinematographer of Beau Travail (1999):…

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“Rip It Up and Start Again:” Scream 4 and Post-? »

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By Will Dodson. Wes Craven’s Scream 4 is in many ways a fitting capstone to the 9/11 decade, thus the title of…

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Looking with Julia’s Eyes: Gender, Spectatorship, and Contemporary Spanish Horror Cinema »

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By Ian Olney. Over the past decade or so, the Spanish horror film has undergone a striking renaissance. During the final years…

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Alice Guy’s La Vie du Christ: A Feminist Vision of the Christ Tale »

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By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Alice Guy is a filmmaker whose body of work is still a site of contestation for modern critics;…

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Wong Kar-wai: a Cantonese Auteur »

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By Shashank Saurav. “Sometimes they think the way we work is very stylish and romantic, but actually it’s the way we can…

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Andy’s Gang, or Saturday Morning of the Living Dead »

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. “There was a character that hung out in a clock called Froggy, the Magic Gremlin, and they used…

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Beyond the Hills, or The Woman’s Prison »

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By Christopher Sharrett. It amazes me that so few reviewers noted emphatically that Cristian Mungiu’s Beyond the Hills (2012), like his earlier…

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Touching the Wild Things: Haptic visuality in Where the Wild Things Are »

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By Kelly Burt. The film Where the Wild Things Are (2009), based on the 1963 children’s book of the same name by…

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Looking at the Landscape of Childhood in Ivan’s Childhood and Germany Year Zero »

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By Devapriya Sanyal. The two great wars of the twentieth century would change everything for humankind once and for all; both materially…

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Life with Betty White: Performing the Authentic Proto-Feminist in Pioneering Early Television »

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By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Betty White has always been ahead of her time. This has been both a blessing and a curse.…

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Inside The Asylum: The Outlaw Studio That Changed Hollywood »

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. “Anyone can make a $100 million dollar movie, but to shoot a feature film in 12-14 days, with…

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The Politics of Critical Reception and the Marxist Feminist Sublime in Carlos Reygadas’ Post Tenebras Lux »

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By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. “Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact…

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The Eternal Father: Two Films by Derek Cianfrance »

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By Christopher Sharrett. I hesitated as I began this essay, chiefly because I came across some interviews with Derek Cianfrance, whose work…

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Spaces of Resistance: Film Festivals and Anti-Capitalism »

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By Anthony Killick. Film festivals have always operated as nodes in a network of global power relations. Set within this field of…

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The Best Years of Our Lives: a Revaluation »

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By Christopher Sharrett. While writing an essay on the post-Vietnam film Rolling Thunder, I thought of William Wyler’s much-applauded 1946 film The…

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The Disquieting Aura of Fabián Bielinsky »

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon.            “I said no to Hollywood. There you have no freedom to create.” (Bielinsky to Federico Fahsbender)…

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Family Friendly Torture Porn »

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By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. “Watch new blood on the eighteen inch screen The corpse is a new personality Watch new blood on…

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. This article caught my attention about a week ago, and though I blogged on it then, it seems important enough to me to warrant further exploration.…

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Vindication of an Heiress: Surprise revelation, alienation effect, and screen persona in Beyond a Reasonable Doubt »

By Robert K. Lightning. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) was Fritz Lang’s final U.S. film.[1] In several obvious ways it can be read as a companion piece to the film…

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia: Peckinpah the Dramatist »

By Christopher Sharrett. The label “master of violence” was long ago affixed to director Sam Peckinpah. Books on Peckinpah with titles like “Bloody Sam,” and studies comparing the director’s films…

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Multicultural Middle-earth: Constructing “Home” and the Post-colonial Imaginary in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings »

By Laura Crossley. “The nation of course is not a desiring person but a fictive unity imposed on an aggregate of individuals, yet national histories are presented as if they…

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. It’s a commonplace thing to discuss the individual vision of filmmakers, on both a national and international level, and the names of Howard Hawks, John Ford,…

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The Trouble With Hitchcock »

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Mark Rutland: “What do you believe in?” Marnie Edgar: “Nothing.” (From Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie) Alfred Hitchcock is routinely regarded as one of the most profound and…

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Female Sexual Pleasure Unpunished in Bright Days Ahead »

By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Finally, a film about an older woman who has an affair, and doesn’t get punished by the narrative. How delightful! How unusual! It isn’t as if…

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Out of the Furnace: The Question of Adversarial Cinema »

By Christopher Sharrett. I did not see Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace during its initial run some months ago, in part because I thought little of Cooper’s Crazy Heart…

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Bruno Dumont and the Revival of the Human, Part 3 »

By Christopher Sharrett. To Part 2. Hadewijch Hadewijch is the first of two films (the second is Hors Satan) directly focused on the pursuit of the spiritual. I should say…

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Bruno Dumont and the Revival of the Human, Part 2 »

By Christopher Sharrett. To Part 1. L’Humanité Bruno Dumont’s second film has been termed by certain commentators a “remake” of La Vie de Jésus. The notion is bewildering. Yes, both…

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Bruno Dumont and the Revival of the Human, Part 1 »

By Christopher Sharrett. Bruno Dumont is among our most important filmmakers, a fact that has gone mostly unnoticed outside Europe. His particular significance seems unrecognized in the US. There are…

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Surviving the Monster Mom: Child’s Pose »

By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. “I hope it’s like a mirror.” (Călin Peter Netzer on Child’s Pose) “They fuck you up, your mum and dad / They may not mean to,…

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The Narcissistic Sociopathology of Gender: Craig’s Wife and The Hitch-Hiker, Part 2 »

By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. To Part 1. While Dorothy Arzner’s Craig’s Wife (1936) revolves around a pathological female who is undone by her desperate attempts to conform to the norms…

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Hollywood Nomad: Andrew Dominik’s Aussiewood »

By Stephen Gaunson. “I live here now and I don’t like going home.” (Andrew Dominik qtd. in Sperling 2012) “I wouldn’t mind shooting again in Australia but I have no…

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