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  • A Devoted Son Keeps Berlin All Quiet on the Western Front

    published February 17, 2004

    Christianity is not the only religion celebrated at the movies this week. Also opening for Lent, Wolfgang Becker's Good Bye, Lenin! is... More >>

  • Flogged to Death

    published February 17, 2004

    Welcome, friends, to Medieval Times: jihads, crusades, fundamentalist fanatics of all persuasions, and this week, thundering into your... More >>

  • Film

    published February 10, 2004

    Out of the vaults, this largely unknown and newly restored 1921 adaptation of Émile Zola's La Terre (The Earth) is a... More >>

  • Nickelodeon at night—the X-rated rendition from France

    published February 10, 2004

    A lushly staged exercise in cold-blooded sexual intrigue, Jean-Claude Brisseau's Secret Things is being promoted as the Cahiers du... More >>

  • Magnificent Frustrations

    published February 10, 2004

    Orson Welles was not only a genius—he played one on the screen. The most lavishly gifted Hollywood director of his generation, this... More >>

  • Books

    published February 10, 2004

    Less antidote to than analog of Chinese Propaganda Posters, Red-Color News Soldier documents the spectacular nitty-gritty of... More >>

  • Seeing Red

    published February 10, 2004

    There's Charlie Chaplin, Mickey Mouse, and . . . Mao Tse-tung, identified by no less an authority than Andy Warhol as "the most famous person in... More >>

  • Film

    published February 3, 2004

    Slight but sardonic, Norwegian director Bent Hamer's deadpan Kitchen Stories makes a taciturn comedy of nothingness out of... More >>

  • FCS reaches critical mass, yielding No Rest for the Brave

    published February 3, 2004

    Is it a salon des refusés for the last New York Film Festival? A preemptive strike against the upcoming event in Tribeca? Who cares?... More >>

  • First Icon on Your Screen

    published February 3, 2004

    Charlie, Richard Schickel's clip-and-chat portrait of Charlie Chaplin, the most celebrated and arguably the most compelling persona on... More >>

  • The Return of Shadows

    published January 27, 2004

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands—John Cassavetes's Shadows, the founding work of the American independent cinema, has always had its... More >>

  • Film

    published January 27, 2004

    Roman Polanski's 1976 English-language, Paris-set creepfest—revived for a week in a new 35mm print—was adapted from a novel by the... More >>

  • Catching the big one with Dad: A Russian director's debut

    published January 27, 2004

    Winner of the same Venice Film Festival that gave a decidedly mixed reception to More >>

  • '60s-Something

    published January 27, 2004

    The Dreamers, Bernardo Bertolucci's unforgettable, if daffy, paean to youth, cinephilia, and the student revolt of May '68, opens by... More >>

  • Film

    published January 20, 2004

    Over the past few years, Paul Buhle—the indefatigable labor historian, comic book maven, C.L.R. James expert, and gentile Yiddishist—has... More >>

  • Two Notorious Classics From the Golden Age of Surrealism

    published January 20, 2004

    Luis Buñuel began his movie career with the most notorious opening sequence in movie history. Un Chien Andalou, which Buñuel... More >>

  • Coal Miners' Slaughter

    published January 20, 2004

    Harsh and compelling, Li Yang's Blind Shaft has the focused intensity of a vintage B movie. This sometimes shockingly direct account of... More >>

  • Film

    published January 13, 2004

    Fate has decreed Anna May Wong the subject of two new books, each filled with fascinating material and both convincingly characterizing the star's... More >>

  • A Sultry Silent-Screen Star Is Finally Ready For Her Close-Up

    published January 13, 2004

    You needn't be a shrink to understand the appeal of the beautiful Chinese American actress and sometime siren Anna May Wong (1905-61). The real... More >>

  • Film

    published January 6, 2004

    Showing this week at the annual New York Jewish Film Festival, this video documentary double bill might be termed "Maccabees of Aesthetic... More >>

  • Ford-Inspired Anime Recasts John Wayne as Turbaned Trannie

    published January 6, 2004

    Awelcome exercise in anime weirdness, Satoshi Kon's boldly morose Tokyo Godfathers has a yakuza-fest title, but in fact transposes John... More >>

  • The Invisible Man

    published January 6, 2004

    Bleary and hungover from the endless blather of the annual Top 10 ritual, I find it bracing to review a movie that might well end up among the 10... More >>

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