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2008 Stories by Elliott Stein

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  • Dance of the Enchantress

    published December 31, 2008

    (Adoor Gopalakrishnan, 2007). This impeccably made doc on the subject of the Indian classical dance form, Mohiniyattam, was directed by the... More >>

  • The Lady Eve

    published December 31, 2008

    (Preston Sturges, 1941). One of the most beguiling of all romantic screwball comedies, this pairs Barbara Stanwyck as a saucy card-sharp and Henry... More >>

  • Hoppity Goes to Town

    published December 31, 2008

    (Dave Fleischer, 1941). Its fans remember this charming animated feature by the original release title—Mr. Bug Goes to Town. In... More >>

  • Hoppity Goes to Town

    published December 31, 2008

    (Dave Fleischer, 1941). Its fans remember this charming animated feature by the original release title—Mr. Bug Goes to Town. In... More >>

  • Hoppity Goes to Town

    published December 31, 2008

    (Dave Fleischer, 1941). Its fans remember this charming animated feature by the original release title—Mr. Bug Goes to Town. In... More >>

  • Sullivan's Travels

    published December 24, 2008

    (Preston Sturges, 1941). A one-of-a-kind brew of grim drama, smart comedy and flat-out slapstick, this is the tale of a Hollywood director, tired... More >>

  • Babes in Toyland

    published December 10, 2008

    (Gus Meins and Charles Rogers, 1934). In this charming Laurel and Hardy fantasy, peopled with nursery-rhyme characters and based on Victor... More >>

  • When the Clouds Roll By

    published December 10, 2008

    (Victor Fleming, 1919). This was Doug Fairbanks's second production for the new United Artists Company, and for it, he promoted to director status... More >>

  • Facing Ferzan Ozpetek, at MOMA

    published December 3, 2008

    Turkey's gift to Italian cinema, Ferzan Ozpetek, the subject of a MOMA mid-career survey, left home as a teenager to study film history in Rome... More >>

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    published December 3, 2008

    (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988). The simple, beautifully told story is further proof that Miyazaki is one of the finest living animators. During their stay... More >>

  • Facing Windows

    published November 26, 2008

    (Ferzan Ozpetek, 2003). The director's most complex work to date, this beguiling film links a pair of love stories, two illicit romances, one gay,... More >>

  • His Secret Life

    published November 26, 2008

    (Ferzan Ozpetek, 2001). This moving melodrama was the director's first film made fully in Italy where he has worked ever since. It concerns an... More >>

  • Nothing Sacred

    published November 19, 2008

    (William Wellman, 1937). Ben Hecht... More >>

  • The Lineup

    published November 12, 2008

    (Don Siegel, 1958). One of Siegel's tightest, most effective pictures, this concerns a hunt for smuggled drugs in San Francisco. Not a frame is... More >>

  • Orphans of the Storm

    published November 5, 2008

    (D.W.Griffith, 1921). Griffith tosses two orphan girls (Lillian and Dorothy Gish) into the tempestuous sea of the French Revolution and the result... More >>

  • Me and My Gal

    published November 5, 2008

    (Raoul Walsh, 1932). In Walsh's lively romantic comedy, one of the forgotten gems of the 1930s, Spencer Tracy is a soft-hearted cop who trades... More >>

  • The Bird with the Crystal Plummage

    published November 5, 2008

    (Dario Argento, 1970). This impressive psycho-slasher, Argento's first feature, initiated a trend towards transforming cinema into an effective... More >>

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    published October 22, 2008

    (Terry Gilliam, 1975). The Python bunch's best film, a wild retelling of the Grail legend is also a zany send-up of every medieval movie ever... More >>

  • Creepshow

    published October 22, 2008

    (George Romero, 1982). Collaborating with writer Stephen King, Romero proves adept at combining thrills with tongue-in-cheek humor in this... More >>

  • Twilight Zone: The Movie

    published October 22, 2008

    (Steven Spielberg and others, 1983). These reworked episodes from the old TV series is made up of four sections directed by different hands. The... More >>

  • Hotel Imperial

    published October 8, 2008

    (Mauritz Stiller, 1927). Strong on atmosphere and impressive camera work, this tale of espionage set in Austria during World War I is by far the... More >>

  • Chinese Roulette

    published October 8, 2008

    (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1976). Humor and cruelty vie with each other in this complex story of a crippled girl who schemes to get herself, her... More >>

  • His Girl Friday

    published September 10, 2008

    (Howard Hawks, 1940). One of the pinnacles of the genre, Hawks’s sparkling screwball comedy is a brilliant remake of The Front Page... More >>

  • Spirited Away

    published September 3, 2008

    (Hayao Miyazaki, 1992). In Miyazaki’s first digitally animated feature, a young girl passes through a forest en route to the her new home... More >>

  • Great Expectations

    published September 3, 2008

    (David Lean, 1946). This classic of British cinema is the definitive screen version of the Dickens novel, a genuinely affecting and visually... More >>

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