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2004 Stories by Elliott Stein

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  • Film

    published December 21, 2004

    His first three features made it clear that Jacques Tati was the pre-eminent European director-comedian of the sound era. As a performer, Tati has... More >>

  • Full Visconti Series Juxtaposes Neorealism and Opulence

    published November 9, 2004

    Count Luchino Visconti's main passion was breeding horses until Coco Chanel introduced him to Jean Renoir. He soon found himself working as an... More >>

  • Film

    published September 28, 2004

    Dario Argento, the Visconti of violence, is back with an ingenious but relatively tame thriller. Irish cop John (Liam Cunningham) teams up with... More >>

  • Film

    published September 14, 2004

    Gillo Pontecorvo followed The Battle of Algiers with another assault on colonialism, a Conradian story with Marxist overtones, set on a... More >>

  • Unusual Holocaust Story Devolves Into Kitschy-Campy Tall Tale

    published August 10, 2004

    Rosenstrasse marks the return to film after nearly a decade in television of Margarethe von Trotta, the best-known woman director to emerge... More >>

  • Twisted Trails

    published August 3, 2004

    Although he directed films in a number of genres, Anthony Mann's career played out largely in three discrete stages: early low-budget noirs; the... More >>

  • Aztec Camera

    published June 22, 2004

    The key figure of Film Forum's rewarding "Cine Mexico" series isn't a director or a star—it's Gabriel Figueroa (1907–1997), a great... More >>

  • Bringing It All Back Home: The Return of a Blacklisted Expat

    published April 27, 2004

    The Servant (1963) is Joseph Losey's signature film. With his 15th feature, at age 54, Losey scored his first international success, and in... More >>

  • Action Heroes and Minority Voices in Eclectic African Fest

    published March 23, 2004

    The 11th New York African Film Festival offers the continent's first big-budget stunt-packed action picture, an impressive roster of films... More >>

  • Coming right at you: The gimmick that would not die

    published February 24, 2004

    In the early 1950s, movie audiences, beguiled by television, deserted theaters in droves. Hollywood, in the greatest state of upheaval since... More >>

  • An Eclectic Polish Filmmaker Explores Fate and Fanaticism

    published January 20, 2004

    Jerzy Kawalerowicz has always gone his own way. Although this most cosmopolitan of Polish directors began about the same time as compatriots Wajda... More >>

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