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2001 Stories by Jessica Winter

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  • Conquest of the Air

    published December 25, 2001

    Represented in recent years by films including The English Patient, The End of the Affair, and Pearl Harbor, the World War... More >>

  • Antigone, Meet Cinderella

    published December 18, 2001

    Though Paul Poissel's Haussmann, or the Distinction took its title from the obstinate bureaucrat who ushered Paris into the modern age,... More >>

  • Keep the Home Fires Burning

    published December 18, 2001

    Lasse Hallström has warbled the Academy fight song for Miramax three Decembers running now, and The Shipping News is, in most... More >>

  • His Royal Highness

    published December 11, 2001

    "It's a little bit storybook," director Wes Anderson says of the house where he shot much of his new movie, The Royal Tenenbaums—a... More >>

  • Six Degrees of Separation

    published December 4, 2001

    Countless American films have essentialized corporate culture as an arid, perspective-warping biodome, a glass-and-chrome petri dish of... More >>

  • An Officer and a Gentlewoman

    published November 27, 2001

    On a naval base in the Adriatic, jaunty blond flyboys glide down the tarmac in magisterial slo-mo, the air rippling with torrid national pride.... More >>

  • Our Mutual Friends

    published November 27, 2001

    Spend time on Bedford Avenue, Smith Street, or some other bedroom community for young and restless Manhattan commuters, and you may hear tell of... More >>

  • Imitations of Life

    published November 20, 2001

    Proudly derivative, Bangkok Dangerous tries to mainline a speedball cocktail of John Woo and Wong Kar-wai but just misses the vein. This... More >>

  • The Skin of Their Teeth

    published November 13, 2001

    Double indemnity this week: A pair of well-off but compromised working guys—anesthetized by daily routine against looming midlife crisis... More >>

  • The Stranger

    published November 6, 2001

    Racial profiling has gone from municipal scourge to Justice Department imperative in the last couple months, and the events behind Otomo... More >>

  • A Doom of One’s Own

    published November 6, 2001

    I read somewhere that the threat of apocalypse has killed metaphor. (The flag-burning brat Irony still makes the late-night talk-show rounds,... More >>

  • Casualties of Global War

    published October 30, 2001

    Timeliness is of the essence, and the 25th annual Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival has got it to spare. No doubt the biggest draw in this... More >>

  • Mark Rylance’s Body Language

    published October 23, 2001

    Mark Rylance unwittingly auditioned for the lead role in Patrice Chéreau's Intimacy—as a bartender who leaves his wife and sons... More >>

  • Here Comes a Regular

    published October 23, 2001

    The people want to hear "Come Pick Me Up," but Ryan Adams is no one-minute man. He's a-make you love him, make you want him; he wants you to come... More >>

  • Conflicts of Interest

    published October 23, 2001

    Early in Trembling Before G-d, Sandi Simcha DuBowski's documentary about gay and lesbian Orthodox and Hasidic Jews, a psychotherapist named... More >>

  • Martyr Load

    published October 16, 2001

    Based on a 1965 crime spree that's national legend in Argentina, Burnt Money is nonetheless as American as a pistol in the pantry. Marcelo... More >>

  • Voyage of the Damned

    published October 9, 2001

    Making a welcome return to Red Rock West territory, John Dahl's Joy Ride (Twentieth Century Fox) toys nimbly with noir and horror... More >>

  • Clarify Your Dissent

    published October 9, 2001

    True story: In a hipster enclave of Carroll Gardens, two Ivy League-educated 23-year-old women, recently acquainted, are chatting amiably about... More >>

  • Twin Peaks

    published October 9, 2001

    "Mulholland Drive is a very long road that leads to everywhere and nowhere at the same time," says actress Naomi Watts of the Los Angeles highway... More >>

  • The Sum of Oz

    published October 2, 2001

    Call it the usual Hollywood poaching or the new global cinema, but locating a truly indigenous stock of strong Australian movies proves difficult... More >>

  • Y2Care

    published September 4, 2001

    Meteor showers didn't wipe out humankind, Times Square didn't go up in flames, but millennial panic definitely hit the movies, for better and... More >>

  • Happiness Is a Young Gun

    published September 4, 2001

    Pablo Escobar has been dead for more than eight years now, but he never really went away. The drug kingpin's virtual dictatorship all but... More >>

  • Best in Show

    published August 21, 2001

    Massy and multi-tentacled, the celebrity-industrial complex has never been so hell-bent on proving Andy Warhol right as it is now. What's any... More >>

  • Love and Other Catastrophes

    published August 14, 2001

    Maybe all anyone needs to know about Captain Corelli's Mandolin can be parsed from its title. The Captain as in "& Tennille," since... More >>

  • Scenes From the Classroom Struggle

    published August 14, 2001

    Whether out of fear, regret, or a newfound sense of propriety, Hollywood scrambled to edit itself after the deaths at Columbine High School on... More >>

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