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2002 Stories by Jessica Winter

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  • Material Witnesses

    published June 11, 2002

    An itemized casualty list of calamities across multiple nations, The Trials of Henry Kissinger is something of a microcosm of the 2002... More >>

  • Temples of the Familiar

    published May 28, 2002

    Rarely has Italy's long-moribund movie industry been mired in such adverse circumstances, and—in a nation that recently witnessed its first... More >>

  • Justify Your Existence

    published May 21, 2002

    Subtitled "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People," The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde's airiest confection, a bite-sized meringue... More >>

  • Monster Talk

    published May 21, 2002

    "Creativity is not a competition," host Ruben Santiago-Hudson announced at the outset of Monday's 47th annual Obie awards—which boast no... More >>

  • Double Solitaire

    published May 14, 2002

    Nick Hornby is a better novelist than he is a music critic, which admittedly isn't saying much, but his books do hold some artifactual interest as... More >>

  • The Gang Show

    published May 7, 2002

    Felled in 1951 by the Shot Heard Round the World, rocked hither and thither by World Series agony and ecstasy (damn Yankees!), and left for dead... More >>

  • Lyne Disease

    published May 7, 2002

    In Adrian Lyne's newest Alliance for Marriage promo, the perfect couple's perfect child portrays a flopsy bunny in his school play, but this... More >>

  • Sing Me to Sleep

    published April 30, 2002

    Nonpareil superstars and Farewell My Concubine adversaries Gong Li and Leslie Cheung have gone sadly missing from the celluloid radar in... More >>

  • Consenting Adultery

    published April 23, 2002

    A detached study of sleepy domestic torpor seizing up into tragic desperation, Christine Jeffs's debut feature, Rain, bears a surface... More >>

  • Queen of the Damned

    published April 16, 2002

    Sylvie Testud may well be cinema's successor to Isabelle Huppert, not least because her César-winning performance as Christine Papin in... More >>

  • Majority Report

    published April 16, 2002

    "The journalism, the theatricalism, and the tricks"—such was Edmund Wilson's bored summation of John Steinbeck's ways and means as a... More >>

  • The Invention of Hate

    published April 16, 2002

    Andorra and The Golem share the spiraling momentum of a vortex. The former contemplates the sole Jew in a provincial small... More >>

  • After the Flood

    published April 9, 2002

    In an Academy Awards ceremony hardly lacking for milestones, one went overlooked amid the glamorous histrionics: Danis Tanovic's No Man's... More >>

  • Mother Africa's New Breed

    published April 2, 2002

    There are 52 known film versions of Georges Bizet's opera Carmen, ranging from DeMille's 1915 patchwork debacle to Preminger's workmanlike... More >>

  • Anxiety (Get Nervous)

    published March 26, 2002

    Just what is it that Clinic are so afraid of? Handpicked opening act for Radiohead, darlings of the NME, these fortunate sons of Liverpool... More >>

  • Arrested Developments

    published March 19, 2002

    Apologies for spoiler sporting, but Showtime should come with a disclaimer. Screened for critics on 3-11, the copland farce climaxes when... More >>

  • The Atrocity Exhibit

    published March 12, 2002

    The wars of secession in Yugoslavia initially met with international bemusement not least because media and government agencies alike presented... More >>

  • Headless Body in Stopless Bard

    published March 12, 2002

    At the outset of the Globe Theatre's production of the Bard's most infamously convoluted contraption, artistic director Mark Rylance pointedly... More >>

  • The Targets Shoot First

    published March 5, 2002

    Though it hardly stints on low-rent thrills, the ninth installment of the New York Underground Film Festival (curated by Voice contributor... More >>

  • I'm Acting, Dammit! Acting!

    published February 5, 2002

    Steven Berkoff pulls vowels like taffy, slices and dices consonants like so much unsuspecting produce. He'll roll a choice phrase around in his... More >>

  • Shelter From the Storm

    published January 29, 2002

    There seems hardly a social institution left in the United States that hasn't come under Frederick Wiseman's steady, steely gaze over more than 30... More >>

  • Out of the Past

    published January 29, 2002

    In its original form, Stephen Belber's Tape was an elaborate mind game whose craftiest trick was its evasion of a clear outcome. Locked in... More >>

  • We Gotta Get Out of This Place

    published January 22, 2002

    Movies that tap into the petty grievances and mind games of office culture occupy their own dingy cubicle; they're oddballs in a medium associated... More >>

  • Code Unknown

    published January 15, 2002

    Seven words Mark Green's mayoral campaign couldn't say on television: "Can we afford to take a chance?" Aired in the last days of the ferocious... More >>

  • Cooper Union

    published January 8, 2002

    I feel it's possibly true that there are aliens on earth, and they work in television. —David Lynch Strange as it may seem that... More >>

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