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International Films abound at the 27th Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival

By Elias Savada. Twenty-seven years on, the Washington Jewish Film Festival remains a vibrant part of the Nation’s Capital scene. As the area’s largest Jewish cultural event, the 12-day program of documentary and narrative movies, running from May 17-28, will feature 63 features and 18 short films representing 25 countries. Screenings, related talks, a concert […]

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A look back at the Alien franchise, and why fans have reason to be cautiously optimistic about Alien: Covenant

By Vanessa Crispin. A milestone for many and still going strong with the fans, Alien (1979), was not only the first film in a successful franchise, but also a first in many other ways. Just in time for the upcoming Alien: Covenant, let’s take a look at what made the original so different from other […]

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Destination Unknown (Tay Garnett, 1932) at the Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art is screening the extremely rare 1933 Tay Garnett film Destination Unknown as part of its “Son of Universal: More Rediscovered Gems from the Laemmle Years” retrospective. Starring Pat O’Brien and Ralph Bellamy, the film has been unseen for decades and was rescued from oblivion by Library of Congress archivist David […]

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Film Scratches: The Underside of Desire – For Your Pleasure (2015)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. For Your Pleasure, a ten-minute black and white short shot on 16mm by Miguel Maldonado, begins with an Oscar Wilde quote: “The gods are strange. It […]

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Film Scratches: Monuments to Guilt – Schuld Sind Alle (2014)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Schuld Sind Alle is Viktor Dill’s thoughtful five-minute Super8 elegy to the Invalid’s Cemetery in Berlin. The film begins with a black screen, accompanied by the […]

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Film Scratches: Synergy of the Eye and Ear – The Visual Music Films of Jing Wang and Harvey Goldman (2013-2015)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. In Jing Wang’s musical score for Passaddhi, the nine-minute visual music short she created with visual artist Harvey Goldman, we hear a wailing melody in the […]

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Esther C.M. Yau and Tony Williams on Hong Kong Neo-Noir

With a goal to look “closely into the many shades and faces that make up the usual and unusual suspects of neo-noir,” and “to illuminate and enrich an expanding range of global noirs” (2), Eshter C.M. Yau with co-editor – and Film International Contributing Editor – Tony Williams present their edited collection Hong Kong Neo-Noir (Edinburgh University Press, […]

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Editorial isssue 77-78: The Lives and Deaths of the Yuppie on the American Screen

By Daniel Lindvall. The essays in this issue examine the history of the yuppie on the American screen, from the cusp of the Reagan era to the current aftermath of the Great Recession of 2007-2009. The starting point is the contention that the yuppie remains a key character type of the neoliberal era – in […]

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Film Scratches: History Seen Backwards – The Rubric Timestamped (2014)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. The Rubric Timestamped is a strange and richly poetic 9-minute film by Luke Szabados, a young American filmmaker. The first shot is of a piece of […]

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Film Scratches: Receiving a Face – Scrapbook (2015)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Scrapbook is a haunting and fascinating 19-minute short by Mike Hoolboom, based on footage shot in 1967 at Broadview, an Ohio residential facility for developmentally disabled […]

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