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2010 Stories by Jim Hoberman

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  • Little Big Man

    published November 24, 2010

    Dir. Arthur Penn (1970).        Arthur Penn’s epic anti-western may not be any less politically correct... More >>

  • Bonnie and Clyde

    published November 24, 2010

    Dir. Arthur Penn (1967). However mannered and self-important it may seem, this Arthur Penn production was the watershed movie for mid ‘60s... More >>

  • The Trial

    published November 24, 2010

    Dir. Orson Wells (1962).        Orson Welles ransacked his bag of tricks in this highly idiosyncratic and... More >>

  • Orphans of the Storm

    published November 24, 2010

    Dir. D.W. Griffith (1922). D.W. Griffith’s last great silent stars Lillian and Dorothy Gish as sisters who are sundered by the French... More >>

  • Broken Blossoms, or The Yellow Man and the Girl

    published November 24, 2010

    Dir. D.W. Griffith (1918). Lillian Gish was never more expressive, nor D.W. Griffith more Victorian, than in this beautifully composed,... More >>

  • Berlin Alexanderplatz

    published November 24, 2010

    Dir. Phil Jutzi (1931). A key example of Weimar cinema’s “new objectivity,” this compact, vivid adaptation of Alfred Doblin’s... More >>

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    published November 24, 2010

    Dir. John Ford (1940). Steinbeck’s novel of Depression hardship and Dust Bowl displacement was still a best-seller when Ford’s... More >>

  • Tokyo Story

    published November 24, 2010

    Dir. Yasujiro Ozu (1953). The first Ozu film widely seen outside of Japan (and generally regarded as his masterpiece), this tale of elderly... More >>

  • Khrustalyov, My Car!

    published November 17, 2010

    Dir. Alexei German (1998). Seven years in the making, Alexei German’s alarming phantasmagoria is one of the great films of the... More >>

  • Los Olvidados

    published November 17, 2010

    Dir. Luis Bunuel (1950). Luis Buñuel relocated to Mexico in the late 1940s and produced this still harrowing (and deeply surreal) drama of... More >>

  • L'Age D'or

    published November 17, 2010

    Dir. Luis Buñuel & Salvador Dali (1930). Bad boys Buñuel and Dali’s follow up to Un chien andalous was far more... More >>

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    published November 17, 2010

    Dir. Robert Wiene (1920). The founding movie of the avant-garde, the horror film, and German Expressionist cinema, is still a surprisingly creepy... More >>

  • Sandra

    published November 17, 2010

    Dir. Luchino Visconti (1965). Luchino’s valiant, wildly operatic, and fascinating attempt to fashion a modern Greek tragedy concerns the... More >>

  • The Passionate Thief

    published November 17, 2010

    Dir. Mario Monicelli (1960). In their only movie together, the great Neapolitan comic Totò appears alongside volcanic diva Anna Magnani in... More >>

  • White Nights

    published November 17, 2010

    Dir. Luchino Visconti (1957). Visconti’s contribution to the post neo-realist fantasies of the 1950s was an adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s... More >>

  • Killer of Sheep

    published November 17, 2010

    Dir. Charles Burnett (1977). Originally released in the virtual vacuum of the late 1970s, Charles Burnett's neo-neo-realist, post-Cassavetes... More >>

  • Eraserhead

    published November 17, 2010

    Dir. David Lynch (1977). It’s about this guy who marries this girl who has this... baby. Years in the making, David Lynch’s first... More >>

  • On the Bowery

    published November 17, 2010

    On the Town, On the Waterfront, on the bum...Lionel Rogosin’s classic skid row documentary—two years in the making and... More >>

  • Ran

    published November 10, 2010

    Dir. Akira Kurosawa (1985). Akira Kurosawa’s samurai King Lear sets the standard for Shakespeare spectaculars. The title means... More >>

  • King Lear

    published November 10, 2010

    Dir. Jean-Luc Godard (1987). Deft, funny, and intermittently exhilarating, Jean-Luc Godard’s first English language feature was one in a... More >>

  • Treasure Island

    published November 10, 2010

    Dir. Raul Ruiz (1985). Raul Ruiz’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson features an international cast enigmatically cavorting amid the... More >>

  • Zazie dans le metro

    published November 10, 2010

    Dir. Louis Malle (1960). Louis Malle adapted a comic novel by one-time surrealist Raymond Queneau and briefly surfed the nouvelle vague with this... More >>

  • The Marriage of Maria Braun

    published November 10, 2010

    Dir. R.W. Fassbinder (1979). R. W. Fassbinder's biggest international hit provides a smashing showcase for his most celebrated diva Hannah... More >>

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    published November 10, 2010

    Dir. Edward Yang (1991). A youth-culture monument, Edward Yang’s masterpiece is a four-hour teenage epic. This nocturnal immersion in high... More >>

  • Love Streams

    published November 10, 2010

    Dir. John Cassavetes (1984). John Cassavetes plays a hard-drinking version of his own manic self in his last, wildly indulgent and poignant film,... More >>

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