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2003 Stories by Elliott Stein

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  • Back to Nature: A Sjostrom Retrospective Shows the Master in His Elements

    published December 30, 2003

    Victor Sjostrom, the father figure of Swedish cinema, was already a well-known stage actor when he began directing movies in 1912. Although he... More >>

  • Light Motifs

    published December 9, 2003

    The Shanghai Gesture bears a singular credit: "Directed by Josef von Sternberg, A.S.C." For many years, Sternberg was the only director to... More >>

  • Enjoy the Silents: No Talk, All Action at the Pordenone Festival

    published November 18, 2003

    SACILE, ITALY—This year marks the 70th anniversary of King Kong, the most famous adventure film of all time, and last month's... More >>

  • Distant Voices, Still Lifes: Ozu Finds 'Presence in Absence'

    published September 30, 2003

    At the time of Yasujiro Ozu's death in 1963, the West was just beginning to catch up with him. Practically an institution at home, he was... More >>

  • They Stand Alone

    published September 16, 2003

    John Frankenheimer, who died last year at 72, belonged to a generation of Hollywood filmmakers who began their careers in the glory days of live... More >>

  • Restorative Powers

    published June 10, 2003

    MOMA's second annual festival of film preservation is a dizzyingly promiscuous potpourri of 70 pictures of all sorts and lengths, periods and... More >>

  • There's Always Yesterday

    published May 20, 2003

    The title of James Harvey's Movie Love in the Fifties is a tad misleading—the book (published in 2001) casts its net well beyond that... More >>

  • Tell It Slant

    published April 8, 2003

    With the exception of his blistering Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (at Film Forum through April 9), Elio Petri's work is... More >>

  • Bad Lieutenant

    published April 1, 2003

    Elio Petri's Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion copped the Best Foreign Film Oscar, was a huge success on its home turf, and... More >>

  • Hello Stranger

    published March 11, 2003

    At a crucial point in Nicholas Ray's flamboyant western Johnny Guitar, Sterling Hayden confesses, "I'm a stranger here myself." He could be... More >>

  • Dead Souls

    published February 25, 2003

    Mario Bava revealed himself as a master of funereal lyricism with Black Sunday (1960), his directorial debut. A breakthrough film for Bava... More >>

  • Elegance Is Bliss

    published February 18, 2003

    The most uncomplicated of classic Hollywood directors, Allan Dwan was also the most prolific. No one knows exactly how many films he made during... More >>

  • The Color of Paradise

    published February 4, 2003

    Vincente Minnelli's bright vision illuminates every frame of his elegant and civilized musicals. But his career was by no means restricted to the... More >>

  • The Rebirth of Cinema

    published January 21, 2003

    The first film series programmed by Susan Sontag in New York opens at the Japan Society January 24. Novelist, essayist, film director, and movie... More >>

  • The Dead Zones

    published January 7, 2003

    Night of the Living Dead (1968) came out of nowhere, or to be more precise, Pittsburgh, and turned into the most influential horror film... More >>

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