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2001 Stories by Amy Taubin

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  • Survival Tactics

    published October 9, 2001

    Yehuda Lerner escaped from eight Nazi camps in six months before he arrived at Sobibor, where he participated, at age 16, in the only successful... More >>

  • Temples of the Familiar

    published October 2, 2001

    Notwithstanding the sweltering Argentinean heat and a herd of noisy children, teenagers, and half-wild dogs, Lucrecia Martel's La... More >>

  • Pregnant Pause

    published September 25, 2001

    Her marriage dissolved, Aicha, the heroine of Moufida Tlatli's unsparing The Season of Men, leaves Tunis to take refuge on Djerba, the... More >>

  • Matters of Taste

    published September 18, 2001

    Acting is the strongest element in Stephen Frears's Liam, a social drama about a Liverpool family destroyed by poverty during the... More >>

  • Replacement Killers

    published September 11, 2001

    Even Tim Roth, whose trademark blend of savagery and insouciance made Planet of the Apes intermittently entertaining, can't rescue Peter... More >>

  • Show of Force

    published September 4, 2001

    Soon, there will be two films in New York theaters about the experience of Czech Jews during the Holocaust and the Communist terror that followed.... More >>

  • Character Flaws

    published August 28, 2001

    Begging for trouble every which way, O transposes Shakespeare's Othello to a coed prep school in South Carolina. The Moor of Venice,... More >>

  • The War That Never Ended

    published August 21, 2001

    Novelistic scope and dialectical edge distinguish Fighter, Amir Bar-Lev's irresistible documentary about two Czech Holocaust survivors, Jan... More >>

  • Prime Movers

    published August 14, 2001

    Band of Outsiders (1964) is the Godard film for people who don't much care for Godard: a proto-slacker mood piece about two nondescript... More >>

  • The Shinings

    published August 7, 2001

    There are horror movies like The Silence of the Lambs or Alien that make you scream, clutch your date, or cover your eyes. Less... More >>

  • Dig Your Own Hole

    published July 24, 2001

    Abel Ferrara, who has never made it a secret that his films are his life, celebrated his 50th birthday last week. Anyone who doesn't understand... More >>

  • The Return of the Repressed

    published July 17, 2001

    Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a rock musical about castration, a scary, taboo subject that, in his triple role as director, writer, and... More >>

  • Neither There Nor Here

    published July 10, 2001

    The connection Maya Deren made 60 years ago between avant-garde and ethnographic moviemaking comes to the fore in this year's edition of the New... More >>

  • Forever Young

    published July 10, 2001

    "You wouldn't ask John Hughes that," Larry Clark replies to the inevitable question about why, for nearly four decades, his work in photography... More >>

  • Everyone Says I Love You

    published July 3, 2001

    A slightly screwy romantic comedy, Jump Tomorrow becomes increasingly charming as it goes along, especially after first-time director Joel... More >>

  • Test Tube

    published July 3, 2001

    Culled from 300 programs produced by the Independent Television Service over the past 10 years, the 30-odd titles in MOMA's "Shaking Up the Box: A... More >>

  • Southern Comforts, Northern Songs

    published June 26, 2001

    John Singleton's Baby Boy is pretty much a mess, but it also has a couple of long stretches that are extremely daring in that they reveal... More >>

  • Driven to Perfection

    published June 19, 2001

    Haitian director Raoul Peck says Lumumba proves to him that "you can make a mainstream film without compromising your political ideas." The... More >>

  • Barbarians at the Gate

    published June 12, 2001

    Like a middle-aged tomcat come in from the cold, Gary "Gal" Dove (Ray Winstone), a former London gangster now retired to the Spanish seaside,... More >>

  • Inside the Actors Studio

    published June 5, 2001

    A thoroughly inside job, The Anniversary Party is a film about actors in Hollywood cowritten and codirected by two semi-stellar SAG... More >>

  • God and Man at Cannes

    published May 29, 2001

    CANNES, FRANCE—At the least, there are two Cannes Film Festivals. The best-known is a glamorous, star-driven affair that draws le... More >>

  • Godard's Newest Masterpiece

    published May 15, 2001

    CANNES, FRANCE—Jean-Luc Godard's Éloge de L'Amour screened on the seventh day of Cannes 2001, turning a relatively... More >>

  • Death of a Sales Ploy

    published May 8, 2001

    Late in 1998, at the height of dotcom hysteria, Kaleil Isaza Tuzman left his job at Goldman Sachs to become the CEO of More >>

  • Mourning Glory

    published May 1, 2001

    Shinji Aoyama's Eureka is a film of rare tenderness and mystery. One might describe it as a mix of John Ford's The Searchers and... More >>

  • Argentina’s Criminal Lovers

    published April 24, 2001

    One of the big discoveries of the Berlin Film Festival was La Ciénaga (The Swamp), the debut feature of the Argentine... More >>

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