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  • Sleepless in Malaysia

    published May 1, 2007

    Led by a magic flute that not all can hear, avant-pop marches on: I Don't Want to Sleep Alone, Tsai Ming-liang's contribution to the same... More >>

  • Mission: Midtown

    published May 1, 2007

    A frail-looking young woman, outfitted with a bomb, wanders through Times Square—finger on the switch, searching for the moment to blow up.... More >>

  • Analyze This

    published April 24, 2007

    No less than Spider-Man 3, Oren Rudavsky's The Treatment is an urban fairy tale. It's an Upper West Side story, adapted from... More >>

  • 100 Years of Barbara

    published April 17, 2007

    A great daughter of Brooklyn turns 100. Barbara Stanwyck (born Ruby Stevens and brought up in foster homes) went from telephone company employee... More >>

  • Down Under

    published April 17, 2007

    Mystery man of the long-ago Australian new wave, Ray Lawrence has evidently grown less finicky. Lawrence, now 59, made his feature debut with the... More >>

  • The Goulden Age

    published April 10, 2007

    Only in 1970: America was falling apart, but a manic, overgrown 31-year-old kid from Brooklyn was having the greatest year of his professional... More >>

  • Quiet on the Western Front

    published April 10, 2007

    William S. Hart was hardly the first Hollywood cowboy but, achieving stardom in 1915 (the same year as Chaplin), he was the original good... More >>

  • (Non)Sense Memory

    published April 10, 2007

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand's leading experimental filmmaker and international man of mystery, isn't exactly a master of suspense. Still,... More >>

  • Asia Major

    published April 3, 2007

    East Asia has long been at the cutting edge of world cinema and at the edge of that edge are those recent Chinese indies that focus on China's... More >>

  • Fassbinder's 15-Hour Masterpiece

    published March 27, 2007

    The culminating work of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's foreshortened career, Berlin Alexanderplatz had its premiere on West German TV in 1980;... More >>

  • 'Sacco and Vanzetti'

    published March 20, 2007

    Two lambs to the slaughter, the Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in 1927 for a crime that they almost... More >>

  • L.A. Story

    published March 20, 2007

    There are first films like Citizen Kane or Breathless, which, as radically new and fully achieved as they are, unfairly overshadow... More >>

  • Whale of a Show

    published March 13, 2007

    Orson Welles's interest in dramatizing Moby Dick goes back at least to a 1946 radio version; this followed by an oratorio that never... More >>

  • 'On the Bowery'

    published March 13, 2007

    Lionel Rogosin's 1957 skid-row quasi-doc is a quintessential chunk of New York history. For two years, Rogosin and his crew frequented Bowery... More >>

  • Chatting with Jafar Panahi

    published March 13, 2007

    Lucid as it is, Offside raises many questions about how it was made and what it means for an Iranian audience. Once again Panahi was... More >>

  • In Style

    published March 6, 2007

    Fashion, too, is only superficially superficial. The Museum of the Moving Image's three-weekend "Fashion in Film Festival" is well- stocked with... More >>

  • Girl with a Diamond Earring

    published March 6, 2007

    Max Ophuls (1902–57) is the auteurist's auteur. A director whose distinctive visual style and sustaining interests dominate movies he made in... More >>

  • Maysles Archives

    published February 27, 2007

    What did cinema verité pioneer Al Maysles let fall between the cracks? Maysles recently moved his office and all manner of outtakes, trims,... More >>

  • Threat-Level: Killer Tadpole

    published February 27, 2007

    Gross-out horror is never far from comedy and The Host, Bong Joon-ho's giddy creature feature, has an anarchic mess factor worthy of a... More >>

  • Springtime for Zizek

    published February 27, 2007

    It's not exactly like being the heavyweight champion of the world, but for my money at least, Slavoj Zizek is the undisputed spritz master of... More >>

  • A Very (Very) Long Engagement

    published February 20, 2007

    The fantasy of a parallel movie world—most often expressed in the idea of extraordinary cine- duration—has been around nearly as long... More >>

  • The Ultimate Chain Reaction

    published February 13, 2007

    Suspended from the ceiling, a slowly rotating, overstuffed plastic garbage bag nudges a rubber tire that inches forward and tilts a plank—and... More >>

  • Peter Whitehead Was There

    published February 6, 2007

    Endlessly repackaged, regurgitated, and reviled, the High Sixties are the historical moment on which no one has any perspective—least of all... More >>

  • Lights! Camera! Chaos!

    published January 30, 2007

    Ambitious as it is, the Whitney Museum's Lights, Camera, Action: Artists' Films for the Cinema runs off in a half-dozen directions.... More >>

  • Pipe Dream

    published January 23, 2007

    Unexpectedly revived thirtysomething years after its theatrical run, The Pied Piper , Jacques Demy's 1972 retelling of the Grimms' tale,... More >>

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