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Jim Hoberman

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  • 4 years ago

    Dir. Robert Bresson (1945). Bresson began to find his style in this fierce, strategically stilted tale of sexual revenge—a transposition of Diderot to the swells of German-occupied Paris featuring an electrifying performance by Maria Casares...

  • 4 years ago

    Dir. Victor Sjostrom (1927). America’s greatest silent actress Lillian Gish is Hester Prynne in this surprisingly faithful, silent adaptation of the Hawthorne classic; Swedish director Victor Sjostrom has an obvious affinity for this chilly ...

  • 4 years ago

    Dir. Raj Kapoor (1951). Kapoor became India’s greatest star (as well as a Soviet icon) directing himself as Chaplinesque protagonist in this musical epic, filled with show biz class-consciousness and featuring some of the craziest production...

  • 4 years ago

    Dir. F.W. Murnau (1927). Silent cinema reaches its acme with movement of Murnau’s camera through the vaporous fields of an invented America. Superimpositions and dissolves achieve an almost mystical state of deliquescence. Light not only flo...

  • 4 years ago

    Dir. Peter Whitehead (1969). A British documentarian comes to New York and finds himself joining the Columbia students barricaded in Low Library. Peter Whitehead’s most ambitious film is pure 1968, a totally personal psycho-dramatizing guerr...

  • 4 years ago

    Dir. Nicholas Winding Refn (2011). As stripped-down and propulsive as its robotic title, Drive is the most “American” movie yet by Danish genre director Refn—a sleek, tense piece of work that, as a vehicle for Ryan Gosling, has a...