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De Palma’s Scarface at 35: a TriBeCa Panel

By Gary M. Kramer. Brian DePalma’s 1983 remake of Howard Hawks’ Scarface, with a script by Oliver Stone, had a special 35th anniversary screening at the TriBeCa film festival with DePalma, Pacino, and costars Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer in attendance. The film received raucous applause when it started and throughout its nearly three hour […]

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Call for Contributions: The Mondo Film and its Legacy

  Contributions are invited for a special edition of Film International devoted to the “mondo” shock documentary film. The mondo genre was created in the 1960s by Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi and Paolo Cavara with their first feature Mondo Cane (Italy, 1962). The genre quickly became an international sensation, hated by most critics but admired […]

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And the Animated Shorts Nominees Are…

By Elias Savada. The Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts in competition for the ceremony this Friday are a disparate, probing set. They include Lou, the 7-minute Pixar entry directed by Dave Mullins and produced by Dana Murray. If you saw Cars 3 at the Cineplex last summer, this charming, colorful CGI work was the better part of that show. It […]

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Film Scratches: Pulling Meaning out of the Shots – Incident Reports (2016)

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. Incident Reports, the brilliant feature-length essay film by Mike Hoolboom, has an ingeniously flexible form. It is comprised of short segments, each around a minute long, […]

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Film Scratches: Prelude (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. Prelude is a 7 minute film by Simon Welch about a young girl (Mel Z) practicing a Bach prelude on the piano. She practices using a […]

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Film Scratches: Untangling Political Violence – Anál-isis Callejero (Street Anal-ysis, 2012)

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 Anál-isis Callejero (Street Anal-ysis), Chilean filmmaker Pablo Molina Guerrero’s nine minute meditation on political violence, we see a complex montage of footage from clashes between […]

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Film Scratches: Blowing Out the Candles – Hurricane (2017)

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 Hurricane, Carla Forte’s powerful 5 and a half minute dance film in black and white, all of the footage is inside of a soft, circular […]

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Film Scratches: Suspended Ecstasies – Skin Deep (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 Skin Deep (Hymn to Eros), a 23 minute dance video by Greek artist Angelina Voskopoulos, we first see a lyrical shot of thick woods with […]

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Film Scratches: Songs Behind the Silence – Stille Stadt (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. Stille Stadt (Silent City), Stephen Chen’s hauntingly powerful feature film, shows us the daily life of a character called Everyman (portrayed by Chen) in contemporary Toronto. […]

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Film Scratches: Matter = Energy = Images – Shot on Blood (2010)

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. Shot on Blood: Kozmikonic Electronica, a fifty-seven minute film by Oliver Hockenhull, is a fascinating essay and experiment which brings together both disparate ideas and disparate […]

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