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2010 Stories by Ellliott Stein

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  • Siegfried (Part 1 of Die Nibelungen)

    published February 16, 2010

    Dir. Fritz Lang (1924). This is the first half of a monumental two-part epic based on the medieval Nibelung saga that was nearly a year in... More >>

  • Starship Troopers

    published February 16, 2010

    Dir. Paul Verhoeven (1997). This adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's novel redoes World War II as a fast-paced and often funny sci-fi spectacle,... More >>

  • The Red Shoes

    published February 16, 2010

    Dir. Michael Powell (1948). One of the most beloved films in British cinema, this delirious melodrama, a rhapsody of color Expressionism set in... More >>

  • Intolerance

    published February 16, 2010

    Dir. D.W.Griffith (1916). Griffith's most influential picture is an innovative but flawed masterpiece. This epic consists of four intercut stories... More >>

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    published February 2, 2010

    Robert Wiene (1919). One of the most inspired horror films ever made, and a key work in the history of film design, Wiene's expressionistic... More >>

  • My Architect

    published February 2, 2010

    Dir. Nathanael Kahn, (2003). One of the most absorbing docs in recent years, this is a story of love, betrayal, and aesthetics in which the son of... More >>

  • Man of Aran

    published February 2, 2010

    Dir. Robert Flaherty (1934). An extraordinary work, epic in its visual style, that depicts the spartan life on the barren Aran islands off the... More >>

  • Nanook of the North

    published February 2, 2010

    Dir. Robert Flaherty (1923). Pioneer documentarist Flaherty's moving study of Inuit life and culture made an impressive impact when first... More >>

  • Revenge of the Creature

    published February 2, 2010

    Dir. Jack Arnold (1955). This entertaining sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon was also originally released in 3-D and recounts the... More >>

  • The Marriage Circle

    published February 2, 2010

    Dir. Ernst Lubitsch (1924) Lubitsch's second Hollywood film made for a relatively new and still minor studio called Warner Bros. is a... More >>

  • Ran

    published February 2, 2010

    Dir. Akira Kurosawa (1985) This epic adaptation of "King Lear" is an awe-inspiring spectacle that takes its place among the major screen versions... More >>

  • Dersu Uzala

    published February 2, 2010

    Dir. Akira Kurosawa (1975) Kurosawa's only film shot outside of Japan, this superbly elegiac and somewhat Fordian epic, based on the memoirs of a... More >>

  • Sanjuro

    published February 2, 2010

    Dir. Akira Kurosawa (1962) Kurosawa plays much of this sequel to "Yojimbo" for laughs in the scenes where Toshiro Mifune acts as mentor to a group... More >>

  • Yojimbo

    published February 2, 2010

    Dir. Akira Kurosawa (1961). This story of a mercenary masterless samurai selling his sevices to two rival smalltown factions and then sitting back... More >>

  • The Creature from the Black Lagoon

    published January 26, 2010

    Dir. Jack Arnold (1954). When it was released, this offbeat hackle-raiser about a scientific expedition in the Amazon that happens on a... More >>

  • The Mummy's Tomb

    published January 26, 2010

    Dir. Harold Young (1942). Although far from the best, this is not the absolute worst of Universal's B-picture mummy franchise. It picks up the... More >>

  • Sherlock Jr.

    published January 26, 2010

    Dir. Buster Keaton (1924) One of the great comic's masterpieces, this lyrical contemplation of the film medium stars the Great Stone Face as a... More >>

  • Our Hospitality

    published January 26, 2010

    Dir. Buster Keaton and Jack Blystone (1923). This silent gem is a masterly satire of traditional Southern manners that is also a loving nostalgic... More >>

  • La Bûche

    published January 26, 2010

    Dir. Danele Thompson (1999). This funny and touching dramedy that takes place during Christmas week concerns three Parisian sisters and their... More >>

  • Dodes'Ka-Den

    published January 26, 2010

    Dir. Akira Kurosawa (1970). A flawed but fascinating work, this was the director's first color film, and its experimentally stylized and surreal... More >>

  • Seven Samurai

    published January 26, 2010

    Dir. Akira Kurosawa (1954). Kurosawa's greatest period film is based on a simple story, but presents a surface of superlative physical beauty.... More >>

  • Rashomon

    published January 26, 2010

    Dir. Akira Kurosawa (1950) This picture brought its director instant acclaim and international attention to the Japanese film industry. It... More >>

  • The Women

    published January 26, 2010

    Dir. George Cukor (1940) If some of this all-female epic has dated, a lot of the drollery survives, under Cukor's impeccable tutelage. Joan... More >>

  • October

    published January 26, 2010

    Dir. Sergei Eisenstein (1928). Commissioned to make a film celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 1917 revolution, Eisenstein created a bold and... More >>

  • The Mummy's Hand

    published January 19, 2010

    Dir. Christy Cabanne (1940) In 1932 Universal released The Mummy, an exceptionally well-made classic horror film. In the early 1940s, the... More >>

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