4 months ago | Film and TV
The entire time Gianfranco Rosi is talking, he's drawing. Using a graphite pencil against an unlined notebook, the Italian documentary filmmaker instinctively makes quick sketches to illustrate his ideas and anecdotes. Counting off the number of w...
5 months ago | Film and TV
Half a century after its debut, The Battle of Algiers has a permanent parking spot in the film canon. After taking home the Golden Lion at the 1966 Venice Film Festival, it was nominated for three Academy Awards (one in 1967 and two in 1969, oddly...
7 months ago | Film and TV
New York may not be as ancient as Rome or Athens, or as historically imperial as London or Paris, but it's unmatched at transforming recent events into legend, discarded culture into old-school canon, and shitty contemporary storefronts into templ...
8 months ago | Film and TV
It's no secret that some documentary films are either partly or largely staged. Think of Errol Morris's re-enactments; think of the fake archival footage in Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell; think of documentary granddad Robert Flaherty casting and ...
11 months ago | Film and TV
Though they worked on just five films together, the last way back in 1983, the association between Chantal Akerman and French cinematographer Babette Mangolte remains strong, largely thanks to two masterpieces: Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 10...
4 years ago
You'd be forgiven for thinking that Olivier Assayas has a thing for the '70s. Following Carlos (2010), his six-hour, Golden Globe-winning miniseries about the decade's most notorious terrorist, the director again breaks out the brown leather jacke...