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2010 Stories by Jim Hoberman

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  • From Here to Eternity

    published March 9, 2010

    Dir. Fred Zinnemann (1953). This quintessential service drama, set on an Oahu army base in late 1941, exemplifies something that ended with The... More >>

  • Native Land

    published March 9, 2010

    Dir. Leo Hurwitz & Paul Strand (1942) The Pop Front equivalent of Gone With the Wind is a heartfelt, heavy-handed docu-dramatic... More >>

  • The Brain from Planet Arous

    published March 9, 2010

    Dir. Nathan Juran (1958). Programmed by Tim Burton as part of his “Lurid Beauty of Monsters” series, this enjoyably idiotic cheapster... More >>

  • Test Pilot

    published March 9, 2010

    Dir. Victor Fleming (1938). Exemplifying the MGM house style, this vintage hokum has everything—romance, adventure, comedy, pathos, and even... More >>

  • Pickpocket

    published March 2, 2010

    Dir. Jia Zhangke (1997). The other Pickpocket, titled in tribute to Robert Bresson, is Jia Zhangke’s first feature; known in Chinese... More >>

  • Red Dust

    published March 2, 2010

    Dir. Victor Fleming (1932). Pre-code and hopelessly un-PC, this bit of Indochinese erotic intrigue projects MGM star power at its finest—with... More >>

  • The French Connection

    published March 2, 2010

    Dir. William Friedkin (1971). Fraught with urban decay and racial tension, this bang-bang procedural created a paradigm for the tell-it-like-it-is... More >>

  • Pickpocket

    published March 2, 2010

    Robert Bresson (1959). Austere and implacable, Bresson’s most influential movie shows crime as a spiritual vocation and punishment as a form... More >>

  • Bluebeard

    published March 2, 2010

    Edgar G. Ulmer (1944). The Maestro of Poverty Row is near top form with this atmospheric evocation of mid 19th-century Paris. Shakespearean actor... More >>

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