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2012 Stories by Jim Hoberman

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  • La Ronde

    published January 4, 2012

    Dir. Max Ophuls (1950). Few movies are more “Viennese” than Ophuls’s ultra-civilized sex comedy. Following a particular erotic... More >>

  • Au Hasard Balthasar

    published January 4, 2012

    Dir. Robert Bresson (1966). Bringing together all Bresson’s ideas about acting, sound, and editing, as well as grace, redemption, and human... More >>

  • An Injury to One

    published January 4, 2012

    Dir. Travis Wilkerson (2002). Recalling the great strikes of the World War I period and explicates the death of an IWW organizer in Butte, Montana... More >>

  • I Was Born, But...

    published January 4, 2012

    Dir. Yasujiro Ozu (1932). Class relations enter the family: Ozu called this silent comedy—one of the best movies about children ever... More >>

  • Drive

    published January 4, 2012

    Dir. Nicholas Winding Refn (2011). As stripped-down and propulsive as its robotic title, Drive is the most “American” movie yet... More >>

  • The Fall

    published January 4, 2012

    Dir. Peter Whitehead (1969). A British documentarian comes to New York and finds himself joining the Columbia students barricaded in Low Library.... More >>

  • Sunrise

    published January 4, 2012

    Dir. F.W. Murnau (1927). Silent cinema reaches its acme with movement of Murnau’s camera through the vaporous fields of an invented America.... More >>

  • The Vagabond

    published January 4, 2012

    Dir. Raj Kapoor (1951). Kapoor became India’s greatest star (as well as a Soviet icon) directing himself as Chaplinesque protagonist in this... More >>

  • The Scarlet Letter

    published January 4, 2012

    Dir. Victor Sjostrom (1927). America’s greatest silent actress Lillian Gish is Hester Prynne in this surprisingly faithful, silent... More >>

  • Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne

    published January 4, 2012

    Dir. Robert Bresson (1945). Bresson began to find his style in this fierce, strategically stilted tale of sexual revenge—a transposition of... More >>

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