Festival Reports

Rotterdam 2017: This Is How the Reconstruction Continues »

Sexy Durga (Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, 2017)

By Martin Kudláč. International Film Festival Rotterdam that built its brand on investigating, gathering and curating the future of the world cinema through a long-term focus on emerging auteurs and discoveries possessing an innovative…

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The FrightFest 2016 Report »

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By Cleaver Patterson.  Is it done intentionally? Are film festival programmers that creative? Well, assuming they are, those behind 2016’s FrightFest clearly put quite some thought into the films showing at the Vue…

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The 2016 New York Film Festival »

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By Gary M. Kramer.  The 54th New York Film Festival showcases more than one hundred features, shorts, documentaries and experimental films September 30 – October 15. Many of the titles are the latest…

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The 2016 New York Film Festival Shorts Program »

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By Gary M. Kramer.  The New York Film Festival offers a range of fascinating short films, in five programs that showcase narrative shorts, international auteurs, genre stories, New York stories, and documentaries. The Narrative…

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The 35th International Sergio Amidei Award for Best Film Script »

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By Simonetta Menossi.  The International Sergio Amidei Award for Best Film Script is a yearly event that takes place in Gorizia, Italy. The Award is entitled in the memory of Sergio Amidei (1904-1981),…

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Art Film Fest 2016: Footprints of Lynch »

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By Robert Buckeye. Film festivals not only screen films we should see but also give us a reading of the field. At Art Film Fest this year, its first in Kosice after 23…

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Recap of the 21st Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival »

Two Timid Souls

By Michael T. O’Toole. For those who enjoy a good silent film, you’ll seldom find a more a captivating outlet than the stylish San Francisco Silent Film Festival (held this year between June…

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The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival »

Maurizio Cattelan – Be Right Back

By Michael Miller. The 15th Tribeca Film Festival unspooled April 13 – 24, 2016 in New York presenting nearly 200 features and shorts from around the globe.  Here are six noteworthy titles that…

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Interview

Spiritual Questions: An Interview with Terrence Davies on A Quiet Passion »

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By Amir Ganjavie. It seems that there is no better subject than the life of Emily Dickinson to attract the…

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Another Legend: An Interview with Jason Connery on Tommy’s Honour »

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By Ali Moosavi. Sometimes it is difficult to establish yourself in an industry where your father has a legendary…

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A Hollywood Love Story: Daniel Raim and Lillian Michelson on Harold and Lillian »

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By David A. Ellis. Director Daniel Raim is the talent behind the movie Harold and Lillian – A Hollywood Love…

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Spotlight on the Modern City: An Interview with Pete Travis »

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By Tom Ue. Pete Travis is an award-winning film and television and director. Before becoming a director, Pete was…

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Programming Shorts for Tribeca 2017 – An Interview with Sharon Badal »

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By Gary M. Kramer This year’s Tribeca Film Festival, held April 19-30, features 10 shorts programs curated by the…

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Into the Land of Salt and Fire: An Interview with Veronica Ferres »

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By Jeremy Carr. Since the late 1980s, German actress Veronica Ferres has appeared in dozens of films and television…

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Practicable Jokes in Macdonald Hall: An Interview with Mike McPhaden »

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By Tom Ue. Following the enormous critical and commercial success of Go Jump in the Pool (2016), based on Gordon…

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The Women’s Balcony: An Interview with Screenwriter Shlomit Nehama »

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By Anna Weinstein. The Israeli film, The Women’s Balcony, directed by Emil Ben-Shimon and written by Shlomit Nehama, is a…

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Work Through All the Fun and Rubbish: An Interview with Cinematographer Chris Challis »

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By David A. Ellis. Christopher Challis was born in Kensington, London on the 18th March 1919. His father was a…

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Between the Cultural and the Personal: Javid Rezai and Afsaneh Dehrouyeh on Pegah »

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By Ali Moosavi. Short narrative films are perhaps the most unseen and neglected branch in cinema industry’s output. In recent…

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At Home in Akron: An Interview with Sasha King and Brian O’Donnell »

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By Tom Ue. Akron is the first film directed by Sasha King and Brian O’Donnell, an independent film written by…

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Review

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Toppling a God: Citizen Jane|Battle for the City »

By Elias Savada. Making sense out of urban chaos was more than a dream for Jane Jacobs. It was a battle cry. Jacobs, a writer-journalist turned activist who passed away in…

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School’s Out, For Good: My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea »

By Elias Savada. The film is brief (76 minutes), but the title isn’t – My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea. Not as long (word wise) as 1991’s mouthful Night of…

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Ricardo Cortez The Maltese Falcon (1931)

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An Unsung Professional – The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez by Dan Van Neste »

A Book Review by Tony Williams. Although countless books have appeared in past and present featuring stars, many who never achieved enduring fame are often unjustly neglected despite the fact…

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Truth and Fiction: Werner Herzog’s Salt and Fire and Queen of the Desert »

By John Duncan Talbird. It’s hard to know why Werner Herzog still makes fiction films. He clearly loves to travel to strange and wonderful places as part of his work, to…

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Par for the Course: Tommy’s Honour »

By Elias Savada. Both old school and old-fashioned come together in style and substance in Tommy’s Honour, Jason Connery’s passable historical look at golf. The drab (in a good, yet unexciting…

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Hobart Bosworth – Silent Cinema’s Sea Wolf: Behind the Door (1919) from Flicker Alley »

By Tony Williams. Ever since seeing that unforgettable still in Kevin Brownlow’s The War, the West, and the Wilderness (1979), the grim-visage of Hobart Bosworth (1867-1943) in Behind the Door…

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Stefan Denolyubov as Tzanko Petrov in Petar Valchanov & Kristina

Dividing Lives: Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva’s Glory »

By Devapriya Sanyal. At first glance it may seem that Glory, the new Bulgarian film directed by Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva, belongs to Tzanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov), the honest but…

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Tough Onscreen and Off: The Lives of Robert Ryan by J.R. Jones »

A Book Review by Irv Slifkin. In The Lives of Robert Ryan (Wesleyen University Press, 2015), Chicago film critic J.R. Jones points out the many contradictions in the actors’ career…

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If Only We Could Live for Today: After the Storm »

By Elias Savada. The actual typhoon in After the Storm is more than a physical catastrophe. It’s a powerful metaphor for an acclimatized world of broken families. It takes more…

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“The Road Leads to Nowhere” – Utopian Television: Rossellini, Watkins, and Godard Beyond Cinema by Michael Cramer »

A Book Review by Tony Williams. Last week, a friend and fellow reviewer Chris Sharrett told me about his experiences at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference that…

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De Palma’s Raising Cain: Re-cut and Revisited »

By Jeremy Carr. Since the release of Noah Baumbach’s 2015 documentary on Brian De Palma, the legendary filmmaker, who has for decades enjoyed a proud and vocal group of supporters,…

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Performing Gender and Self: Anup Singh’s Qissa »

By Devapriya Sanyal. Qissa (“fable”), Anup Singh’s second directorial venture (2013; released in India in 2015), deals with many issues at the same time, with all its characters equally important. But this film…

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Frantz and the Gentle Art of Forgiveness »

By Elias Savada. Let’s refresh: the films of French writer-director François Ozon tend to be sly, unsettling, and daring observations of the human condition, whether playing with a 1950s musical mystery…

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Shopping for Ghosts: Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper »

By Elias Savada. As I watched Personal Shopper, I wondered if this new, mostly English-language film from French filmmaker Olivier Assayas was a Euro thriller or not. I certainly wasn’t on…

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More Than Plays on Film: Marcel Pagnol’s “Marseille Trilogy” Restored by Janus Films »

By Christopher Weedman. Janus Films’ stunning 4K restoration of the “Marseille Trilogy” by the esteemed Marcel Pagnol is one of the essential revivals of the year. Adapted from Pagnol’s stage…

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The Controversy of Gamal Abdel Nasser in Nasser’s Republic, The Making of Modern Egypt »

By Neila Driss. Michal Goldman’s documentary, Nasser’s Republic, The Making of Modern Egypt (2016), was screened on November 20th during the 38th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF). …

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Hugs vs. Handshakes: Life’s Battles in Donald Cried »

By Elias Savada. The indie movie Donald Cried joins a growing number of feature films based on a short subject (among my small-budget faves: 1995’s Sling Blade and 2004’s Napoleon Dynamite). It’s…

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Keep Telling Yourself, It’s Not a Vacation – Kong: Skull Island »

By Elias Savada. Kong: Skull Island, Hollywood’s latest outing for its furry Eighth Wonder of the World, has arrived in an energetic, well-mounted, 3-D, IMAX-sized package. King Kong (1933), the species’ black-and-white,…

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Well-Wrought and Old-Fashioned: Robin Wood’s The Apu Trilogy (New Edition) »

A Book Review by John Duncan Talbird. The film critic Robin Wood (1931-2009) was one of those writers who helped the general public to take cinema seriously as an art form…

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Ready, Ink, Go!: 24 Hour Comic »

By Elias Savada. Ever wonder what it’s like to spend a long day in the life with a comic book artist? Or maybe eight of them? Dream no more, as…

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Get Out: Belated Misjudgments »

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

By Christopher Sharrett. I was curious about Jordan Peele’s film Get Out. I heard rumors that it was a riposte to Guess…

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Just Do It!: Get Out »

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By Elias Savada. You don’t need to be creative when making a low budget horror film. They can suck, yet are usually profitable…

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A Big Crumble: The Great Wall »

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By Elias Savada. So, let’s get to the big question you’re asking your mirror. Is Matt Damon’s new fantasy action movie the…

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Condition: Cloudy – A Patch of Fog »

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By Elias Savada. Irish director Michael Lennox has been to the Oscars – for his 2014 film Boogaloo and Graham, a heartwarming comedy…

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The Passion of James Baldwin: I Am Not Your Negro »

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By John Duncan Talbird. On the police brutality episode of ABC’s sitcom Black-ish, the teenaged son, Junior (Marcus Scribner), reads out loud from…

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Family and Transition: This is Everything – Gigi Gorgeous »

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By Kate Hearst. Over the course of forty-plus years, Barbara Kopple has made her documentaries with one focus: to be truthful to…

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The Heart of Fuller’s Marauders: Film is Like a Battleground – Samuel Fuller’s War Movies by Marsha Gordon »

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A Book Review by Tony Williams. During his lifetime, Samuel Fuller was fortunate enough to receive acclaim from monographs and articles dedicated…

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A Conquering Female Spirit in The Brand New Testament »

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By Kate Hearst. First screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, and recently released in the United States, Belgian director Jaco Van…

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Out of the Past: Jack Garfein’s Something Wild on Criterion »

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By Tony Williams. Something Wild (1961) has nothing to do with the similarly titled well-known 1986 Jonathan Demme film. In fact before…

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Lars-Martin Sorenson’s Censorship of Japanese Films during the U.S. Occupation of Japan: The Cases of Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa »

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A Book Review by Matthew Fullerton.  Lars-Martin Sorenson is probably best known to cinephiles for his interview on censorship during the American…

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The Cacophony of History: Cinéma Militant by Paul Douglas Grant »

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A Book Review by John Duncan Talbird. Paul Douglas Grant’s new book Cinéma Militant: Political Filmmaking & May 1968 (Wallflower Press, 2016) is…

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Hello, Daleks – Good to Have You Back: Dr. Who The Power of the Daleks Animated Restoration on DVD »

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By Tony Williams. 50 years ago I watched the one and only BBC TV transmission of The Power of the Daleks (November…

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The New Southern Gothic: Loving, Jeff Nichols, and the Southern Artist in the 21st Century »

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By Will Tomford. As I watched Loving come to an end, I thought to myself, please don’t have an epilogue text. An…

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DVD as Reference Library: His Girl Friday on Criterion »

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By Tony Williams. Since companies have decided to issue features accompanying DVD reissues of films available on VHS and Laserdisc in the…

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Cat People: Horror, Necessity, and Creative Collaboration »

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By Jeremy Carr.  Who gets the credit for Cat People (1942)? Is it first-time producer Val Lewton, who though generally overlooked in…

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It’s Complicated: Joss Whedon and Race by Mary Ellen Iatropoulos and Lowery A. Woodall III »

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A Book Review by Jessica Baxter. Let’s face it. White liberals are having a “woke” moment that is shamefully long overdue. Growing…

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Equality with a Discursive, Televisual Face: TV Socialism by Aniko Imre »

From the 2010 Documentary Exporting Raymond, in which a US sitcom creator struggle to adapt his show in Russia

A Book Review by Tony Williams. In Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly (1955) the enigmatic voice of Dr. Soberin delivers one of…

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Jackie: Alone in Oblivion »

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By Christopher Sharrett. The title to Pablo Larrain’s film Jackie might be more sensibly called The Last Days of Kennedy; the title…

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Exploring Cracks in the Tarmac: John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle on Criterion »

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By Tony Williams. For the new set of John Huston’s bleak 1950 film noir The Asphalt Jungle (1950), Criterion includes a cover…

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Authenticity in Many Forms: 20th Century Women »

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By Jude Warne.  Perhaps there are no two greater examples of cinematic contrast during this year’s Oscar season than Damien Chazelle’s La La…

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The Allure of a Stone Heart: Verhoeven’s Elle »

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By Elias Savada. There is a brazen, dangerous atmosphere floating about the French-language feature Elle, a dramatic thriller with much to admire…

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Bridging the Ideological Gap: Reform Cinema in Iran by Blake Atwood »

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A Book Review by Ali Moosavi. I have always thought that for a deeper understanding of Iranian films, one has to have a…

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Near Silent Complexities of The Quiet Man on Olive Films »

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By Tony Williams. The Quiet Man (1952) is another excellent addition to that fine series of DVDs released by Olive Films in its…

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Compleat Welles, in “Drops of Sorrow”: Macbeth on Olive Films »

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By Tony Williams. Humorously referred to by one academic as “Shakespeare Rides Again” due to Macbeth’s origins in Herbert J. Yates’s Republic…

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Mifune: The Last Samurai – Overshadowing His Tribute »

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By Christopher Weedman. Released by Strand Releasing and narrated by actor Keanu Reeves, director Steven Okazaki’s new feature-length documentary Mifune: The Last…

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls: Vulgarity as Satire »

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By Christopher Sharrett. The Criterion Collection’s release on Blu-ray of Russ Meyer’s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls might bring accusations of…

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The Undersung Heroes of Music: Soundbreaking (A DOC NYC Review) »

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By Jude Warne. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” –Idiom of recording artist indicating the producer What defines a quality…

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Before and After the Wall – Re-Imagining DEFA: East German Cinema in Its National and Transnational Contexts »

Gojko Mitic in White Wolves (1969)

A Book Review by Tony Williams. Berghahn is known for its publication of excellent books on German Cinema within its catalog. This…

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Being 17: Sexual Awakening and Race in the Hautes-Pyrénées »

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by Kate Hearst. A renaissance of teen films about sexuality has energized French cinema in recent years with works by Abdellatif Kechiche,…

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Life, Celebrated: Arrival is a Must See »

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By Elias Savada. In Hollywood, when you hear the words “alien invasion,” you might expect any manner of shoot-’em-up movies like Independence Day (1996)…

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A Lovely Loss of Control: The Love Witch »

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By Jessica Baxter. You could never accuse writer/director Anna Biller of masking her influences. She has, to date, painstakingly created two films…

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The Coming-of-Age Mosaic of Don’t Call Me Son »

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By John Duncan Talbird. We open Don’t Call Me Son on Pierre (astonishing newcomer Naomi Nero), pleasantly drunk or high, beautiful and…

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Blind Chance: Free Will in 4D? »

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By William Repass.  In Kieślowski’s 1981[1] metaphysical/political triptych, Blind Chance, the subtlest of details cut across three alternate storylines to triangulate a…

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Too Much Dull in the Dill: The Pickle Recipe »

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By Elias Savada. I know a lot of people who would love The Pickle Recipe, a low budget feature (made lower by…

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The Sound of Cool: Jim Jarmusch’s Gimme Danger »

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By John Duncan Talbird. Soupy Sales, on his legendary children’s show in the 1950s, encouraged his audience to write letters to him, but…

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Old Hat for Cat People on Criterion »

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By Tony Williams. Cat People has long enjoyed a high reputation amongst discriminating members of the critical fraternity for its deserved status…

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The Other Europe is Far Away: Igor Cobileanski’s Eastern Business »

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By Brandon Konecny.  After scamming some passersby for lunch money, Marian and Petro sit in a tiny restaurant in the Republic of…

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Gregory Crewdson: Chronicle of Decay »

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By Christopher Sharrett. I write this short piece on photographer Gregory Crewdson for a film/television journal with the simple rationale that Crewdson’s…

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Exit Stage Left: No Pay, Nudity »

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By Elias Savada. The directorial debut for Lee Wilkof – a long-time character actor in all forms of media and on many a…

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Miss Sharon Jones!: Success and Other Crises »

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By Kate Hearst. Renewed interest in black female singers sparked the release last year of two documentaries focused on voices of the…

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The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016) »

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By Mark James.  Most of us probably remember John Berger as the host of Ways of Seeing, a four-part 1972 television series…

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Command and Control: Is Our Nuclear Luck Running Out? »

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By Elias Savada. I had nearly forgotten about that nuclear blip a third of a century ago, the one which is the core…

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Indignity in Sweet Mode: A Man Called Ove »

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By Gary M. Kramer. The title character of A Man Called Ove would probably not see the heartwarming Swedish film, A Man…

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A Multicultural Magnificent Seven for Our Times »

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By Kate Hearst. Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven showcases a multiracial cast of personalities who collaborate to defeat a murderous robber baron…

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A Fun Swansong: The Last Film Festival »

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By Christopher Weedman. The Last Film Festival’s comedic glimpse into the behind-the-scenes politics and turmoil that surround film festivals began as a…

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The Celluloid Collector World That Dreams are Made Of: A Thousand Cuts by Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph »

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A Book Review by Tony Williams. Written by two former dealers in this area, A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of…

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The New World: Exploring the Developing Territory of Terrence Malick »

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By Jeremy Carr.  During post-production on The New World (2005), director Terrence Malick said it would be the last time he made…

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Japan’s Modernist Enigma: Woman in the Dunes on Criterion »

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By Christopher Weedman. The haunting enigmatism and visual beauty of Woman in the Dunes (1964) has not diminished since its premiere over…

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The Social Misfits of Kikujiro »

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By Yun-hua Chen.  Made by Takeshi Kitano in 1999 and having entered the Cannes Film Festival in the same year, Kikujiro was…

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Features

All the Fire: The use of sexual imagery as a way for attracting cinema audiences in 1950s America »

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By Anthony Uzarowski. The 1950s are often seen as the time of Hollywood’s greatest splendour, yet the reality of the time was…

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Star Wars Episode VII: Feminism from “Far, Far Away” »

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By Sotiris Petridis. Introduction The Star Wars saga is an internal and important part of popular culture since its first filmic text…

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Cannibalized Chaos: Iago, The Joker and the “Good Sport” of Postmodernism »

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By Richmond B. Adams. During a conversation approximately one-third of the way through The Dark Knight (2008), Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) expresses…

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The Sentinel Excavated »

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By Christopher Sharrett. I use the word “excavated” in my title not because the 1977 horror film The Sentinel , directed by…

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The Best and the Most Overrated of 2015 »

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By Film International. The editors’ Top 10 and Overrated 10 include films that were released in the editors’ respective regions during 2015.…

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CGI and the Audience: Things Better Left Unsaid »

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By Fred Wagner. The Show of Shows (2015), a recently released documentary made out of archive footage shows the lost world of…

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The Battle for Fair Remuneration: A Slovenian Drama with International Consequences »

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By Edgar Tijhuis. Sometimes it seems like time stood still in Slovenia. In 2009 Variety magazine reported about a “royalty battle” in…

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“All My Treasures”: On Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words (2015) »

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By Tony Williams. Critic-director Stig Bjorkman, well known for his studies on directors such as Woody Allen and Ingmar Bergman, has made…

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I, Shakespeare by Anonymous and Last Will. & Testament »

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By David Ryan. Rewriting history is a common academic enterprise, and crafting Elizabethan history – particularly Shakespearean biography – is composed recursively. Though…

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Kurt Vonnegut Hunter Thompson Norman Mailer Tom Wolfe William Burroughs Jonathan Miller William Burroughs Jr Jacob Bronowski Robert Hughes Bob Woodward Carl…

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Traces of Postindian Survivance: Two Short Films by Jeff Barnaby »

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By John Garland Winn. Jeff Barnaby, a Mi’kmaq First Nations director, was four years old when the Quebec Provincial Police raided his…

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Rereading The Wire: police procedural, social games and the magic of blood »

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By Rajko Radović. Blood has been shed on the asphalt at night. We see it in close-up as thin red lines spreading…

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Madam Secretary: The Happy Family in Time of War »

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By Christopher Sharrett. When I first took note of the television series Madam Secretary (2014-), I assumed it was a sort of…

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Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and the Politics of Escapism »

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By Richard Grigg. Director Guy Ritchie’s 2015 film The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is of course inspired by the U.S. television series of…

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An Ogre’s Hide: Samad and Foolad Zereh, the Ogre »

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By Ramin S. Khanjani. For many avid followers of Iranian cinema across the world, the experience of this national cinema justifiably doesn’t…

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Monstrous Gaze: The Quandary of Spectatorship in La dolce vita »

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By William Repass. In the thematic arc formed by Fellini’s body of work, La dolce vita  (1960) can be said to represent…

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The Way, Way Back: An Appreciation »

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By Christopher Sharrett. Some months ago I saw The Way, Way Back (2013) and was taken by it enough to buy the…

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Peter Bogdanovich: The Comedy Smuggler »

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By James Knight. This August will see the US theatrical release of She’s Funny That Way, the latest feature from Peter Bogdanovich.…

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Mise-en-scène and the Rebirth of Film »

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By Tom Silva. Film is a living thing and so it faces an unending series of deaths. Like the mythic hero in…

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Fair Game: Democratic Principle in Hollywood Romances, from Tracy and Hepburn to the Present »

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By Robert K. Lightning. Lovers that demonstrate both spiritual affinity and spiritual equality have long been popular in middle-class entertainment. Repartee has…

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End of a Saga: Andrzej Wajda’s Wałęsa: Man of Hope »

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By Geoffrey Fox. The credits roll over a black-and-white newsreel of missiles and men parading before an austere Leonid Brezhnev in Moscow…

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Discovering Mary Pickford »

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By Tony Williams. The title of this article has a double meaning. It is primarily a reworking of that lavishly illustrated and…

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“Thinking as Negation”: Adorno, Vertigo, and the Paradoxical Promise of Popular Cinema »

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By Benjamin Bergholtz. “Each single manifestation of the culture industry inescapably reproduces human beings as what the whole has made them.” (Adorno…

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The Agony of Woman in Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem »

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By Christopher Sharrett. Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz’s Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem is a work of such staggering importance that its…

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The Pictures of a Lady: In Praise of Grace Kelly »

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By Daniel Garrett. Some old films have a special appeal. They might not be excellent or particularly beloved objects, and yet they…

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Motherhood and Mourning in Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Unknown Woman »

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By Francesco Pascuzzi. Already with the film’s title, Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Unknown Woman (La Sconosciuta, 2005) sets out to toy with the…

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Un Flic: Melville and the Ambiguities »

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By Tony Williams. On initial release, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Un Flic (1972) disappointed many and has remained in critical limbo to the present…

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Stand, Men of the West! The Battle for Middle-earth (and Britain) »

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By Laura Crossley. “You’ve enjoyed the film, so now what are you going to do about the message? Tolkien didn’t just write…

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Radical Film-Making and Digital Paradox: the case of The Fourth Estate »

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By Elizabeth Mizon and Lee Salter. Digital media technologies are full of paradoxes. On one hand they are said to open up…

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The Trials of Love, Justice, and Prejudice: Tom Hanks and Jonathan Demme’s film Philadelphia »

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By Daniel Garrett. In the film Philadelphia (1993), written by Ron Nyswaner and directed by Jonathan Demme, the actor Tom Hanks is…

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On the Trail of Missing Millions in Emerging Europe: What Happened to a Fortune in Slovenian A/V Rights Due to Artists and Producers? »

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By Noah Charney. Branko Djuric, who goes by the nickname Djuro, is one the biggest film and television stars of the former…

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The Site of Nature: Exteriority and Overexposure in The Thin Red Line »

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By Trevor Mowchun. “Have mountains, and waves, and skies, no significance but what we consciously give them, when we employ them as…

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In Defense of Hitchcock and Serious Criticism »

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By Robert K. Lightning. “It follows that the critic should read without inappropriate bias. We cannot properly object to The Pilgrim’s Progress,…

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Humanities in the Digital Era »

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. We live in the age of the visible invisible; everything is supposedly available to us online, but in…

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The Fault in Our Films: Hollywood and the Illness Narrative »

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By Sheana Ochoa. Anyone who has watched the scene in the trailer of The Theory of Everything when Stephen Hawking’s character pulls…

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The Babadook: Ghosts in the Bedroom »

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By Christopher Sharrett. Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook is last season’s fascinating, much-discussed contribution to the horror film, a genre that…

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Revulsion and Derision: Antichrist, The Human Centipede II and the British Press »

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By Martin Smith. Despite increased transparency and liberalisation at the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in recent decades, Britain remains one…

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Lost in Space »

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By Rajko Radovic. “I’m gonna wait till the stars come out. And see them twinkle in your eyes. I’m gonna wait till…

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“Isn’t it Bromantic?” – The Whole Damn Sony Mess, and What It Means »

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Now that some time has elapsed between the Sony hack and the release of the film that apparently…

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The Best of 2014 – and the Most Overrated »

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By Film International. Another film year has come to an end and it’s time to sum up. Here are the films that…

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Tati Time: Criterion Delivers The Complete Jacques Tati »

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By Jeremy Carr.  Aside from his general lack of recognition as one of film history’s great comedians, the most tragic part of…

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“A Giant Gutter in Outer Space”: On the Schopenhauerian Themes of HBO’s hit series True Detective »

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By Mathijs Peters. Introduction Arthur Schopenhauer’s philosophy, which Samuel Beckett defined as “an intellectual justification of unhappiness – the greatest that has…

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A Forgotten Country’s Forgotten Cinema: Searching for Hope in Post-Soviet Moldovan Cinema »

By Brandon Konecny. It has been suggested, sometimes by Moldovan film professionals themselves, that cinema does not currently exist in the Republic of Moldova, Europe’s poorest and perhaps least known…

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Kentucky Fried Chicken in the Moonlight »

By Orville Lloyd Douglas. Black people are still mentally enslaved; even in the 21st century there is a psychic need by some Black artists to seek white approval and acceptance.…

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The Aesthetic Majesty of King Hu: A Touch of Zen on Criterion »

By Tony Williams. As I write, hours tick away for the latest unimportant event in film history – the Hollywood Academy Awards which will have millions glued to their television…

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The Resurrection of Abel Gance’s J’accuse (1938) on Olive Films »

By Christopher Weedman. The past couple of months have been full of rich rewards for admirers of the late Abel Gance. This brilliant and innovative French film director enriched the…

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I Wake Up Screaming: Far from “Kansas” »

By Anthony J. Steinbock. The Maltese Falcon is often considered to be the first film noir of the classical noir period (beginning in 1941 and ending in 1958 with Orson…

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The Lovers and the Despot: Forced Seduction, North Korean Style »

By Johannes Schönherr. The Lovers and the Despot, a 2016 documentary by British directors Robert Cannan and Ross Adam, tackles an especially bizarre episode in Korean history playing out in…

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Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven: Loss of Grace »

By Christopher Sharrett. I have always thought that John Sturges’s 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven has suffered too unfavorably in comparison to its source material, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954).…

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Entertaining Mr. Klein: Eclipse Series 9 – The Delirious Fictions of William Klein »

By Tony Williams. Although this special Criterion three film DVD set has been available since 2008, it is only recently that I have discovered the work of William Klein. I…

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Rare Welles No Longer Unseen: Chimes at Midnight and The Immortal Story on Criterion »

By Tony Williams. Long awaited by many, following either unavailability or dubious accessibility via duped 16mm copies, unwatchable VHS copies, and bootlegged DVDS, two of Welles’s most accomplished achievements are…

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Once There Were Bawdy Tales: Nosrat Karimi’s Matrimonial Comedies »

By Ramin S. Khanjani. Of all directors associated with the pre-1979 “Iranian New Wave,” Nosratallah Karimi probably presents one odd case for study. With the inconsistent critical reception of the…

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Son of Saul: Versions of the Irrational »

By Christopher Sharrett. I have been meaning for some time to put pen to paper about last year’s superb achievement by Laszlo Nemes, Son of Saul, but have hesitated for…

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Michael Morris’ Hermeneutics: Visual Music, Expanded Cinema, New Aesthetic »

By Michael Betancourt. Michael Morris’ expanded cinema performances, Second Hermeneutic (2013) lasting approximately nine minutes, and Third Hermeneutic (2014) lasting approximately eleven minutes, are both produced using a combination of traditional…

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In Praise of Susan Oliver: The Green Girl (2014) »

By Tony Williams. “She was so much more than the Green woman in Star Trek” (George Pappy DVD audio-commentary). “What I knew I didn’t want was to just get married and…

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United 93: A Social Conscience and the Ease of Historicism (A 10th Anniversary Retrospective) »

By David Ryan. Before United 93 opened ten years ago, the film’s previews were greeted with varying degrees of stress and grief. Although some theaters threatened to pull the previews…

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