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  • Wet Dreams May Come

    published December 21, 1999

    Now it can be told. For years, mystery shrouded the auteurship of the notorious gay cult film Pink Narcissus, released anonymously in 1971,... More >>

  • Lust, Love, and Ladies on the Lam

    published December 7, 1999

    One of the highlights of last year's Spanish program at the Walter Reade was Ventura Pons's Caresses, an omnisexual roundelay about the... More >>

  • Bible Studied

    published November 30, 1999

    The centerpiece of the recent African Diaspora Festival, Genesis audaciously transposes chapters 23 to 37 of the first book of the Bible to... More >>

  • The Pusan Film festival gains ground

    published November 23, 1999

    Although the fourth Pusan Festival—held last month—programmed films from 53 countries, South Korea's bustling second city has rapidly... More >>

  • Treasures from Columbia’s Golden Age

    published November 16, 1999

    Tyrannical mogul Harry Cohn, who died in 1958, ruled the roost at Columbia for 38 years. He made few friends but was one of the most creative... More >>

  • His Name Was Lola

    published November 16, 1999

    The best new film from Germany is Turkish. Kutlug Ataman's Lola and Bilidikid takes place in the gay and transvestite subcultures of Berlin's... More >>

  • Rhythm King

    published October 12, 1999

    Film Forum's Dreyer retro includes six of the Danish master's 14 features. Although he was a towering figure in European cinema, nearly all of his... More >>

  • Professor of Desire

    published October 5, 1999

    Alberto Moravia was one of the first Italian authors of his day to write honestly about sex—it was therefore no surprise when, in 1952, his... More >>

  • Reviving an Eccentric Italian Outsider

    published September 21, 1999

    One of Italy's most successful directors during his lifetime, known in these parts mostly for his witty black comedy Divorce-Italian Style,... More >>

  • A Bumpy Ride from Stage to Screen

    published September 14, 1999

    Although Noel Coward's principal domain was the stage, and film versions of his plays have rarely proven satisfactory, the centenary of his birth... More >>

  • Master of His Craft

    published September 7, 1999

    For many years, Haxan (1921), Benjamin Christensen's compelling examination of witchcraft, was considered his only important achievement.... More >>

  • Fallen women on the rise

    published August 17, 1999

    The term "pre-Code" has come to describe films made between March 1930, when the Production Code was adopted, and July 1934, when it was amended... More >>

  • Palace Walks

    published August 10, 1999

    Seated behind me are two projectionists who have just met— Elizabeth Lilley from Garland, Texas, and Barry Took from Send Woking in Surrey,... More >>

  • The Max Factor

    published June 22, 1999

    A shot that does not call for tracks Is agony for poor dear Max, Who, separated from his dolly, Is wrapped in deepest... More >>

  • Out and About

    published June 1, 1999

    With close to 200 features, shorts, and docs on view at four venues, the Lesbian & Gay Festival has a lot on its plate. Although some of the... More >>

  • Eire Apparent

    published May 25, 1999

    Hollywood has exploited the Emerald Isle as a background for films time without end, but the struggle for a truly indigenous Irish cinema has been... More >>

  • Under African Skies

    published April 27, 1999

    From the outset of Jennifer Baichwal's Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, it's clear that the director has succeeded in cultivating... More >>

  • Hitched

    published April 20, 1999

    The rarest item in MOMA's Hitchcock retro is Mary, the German-language version of his 1930 Murder!, shot simultaneously on the same... More >>

  • 101 Nights

    published April 13, 1999

    Made in 1994 and inspired by the centenary of the movies, Agnès Varda's 101 Nights is a work of unbridled whimsy in which Michel... More >>

  • 'A Rising Tide'

    published April 6, 1999

    Think Scandinavian cinema and you inevitably think Sweden and Denmark— until recently, few Norwegian films made any impact abroad. The lively... More >>

  • 'Jeanette MacDonald— Hollywood Diva'

    published March 30, 1999

    Jeanette MacDonald had the good luck to make her screen debut with Ernst Lubitsch, who cast her as a lead in The Love Parade (1929). Under... More >>

  • Pirouettes and Pyramids

    published March 23, 1999

    If you've only time for one Egyptian musical (five examples of the genre are on view at the Walter Reade March 24 through 30), your best bet is... More >>

  • Somber Samurai

    published March 16, 1999

    Little-known in these parts, genre director Tai Kato (1916­1985), subject of a nine-film retro at Japan Society (March 19 through May 21),... More >>

  • Rock the Boat

    published March 2, 1999

    Rock the Boat may be a doc, but it's also a stirring adventure story— the account of an all-HIV-positive crew's odyssey in the... More >>

  • 'The Films of Gillo Pontecorvo'

    published February 23, 1999

    It was after seeing Rossellini's Paisan that Gillo Pontecorvo decided on a career in filmmaking and Rossellinian neorealism is evident in... More >>

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