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1999 Stories by Leslie Camhi

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  • A Visionary’s Version of Tomorrowland

    published December 14, 1999

    Ancient Babylon was a metropolis of pleasure, whose hanging gardens ranked among the world's Seven Wonders. New Babylon (1956-74) sprung from the... More >>

  • Into the Mix

    published December 14, 1999

    A macédoine is a salad of many fruits mixed together. Macedonia is also a region in Greece whose capital, Salonika, played host for... More >>

  • In Visible Cities

    published December 7, 1999

    In the 1930s, Shanghai was the world's only free port—no papers or payment required for entry. So at the start of World War II, nearly 20,000... More >>

  • Uneasy Alliances

    published November 9, 1999

    Cinephiles may reproach Mohsen Makhmalbaf for changing styles from film to film. But for a man who started out as a political revolutionary, was... More >>

  • Soldiers' Stories

    published November 2, 1999

    "What does the world of work demand? Just this: a place in society." Not a slogan from the barricades of May '68 in Paris, but from Liège,... More >>

  • Western Civilization

    published October 26, 1999

    One of the very few surviving pictures of Carleton Watkins shows the photographer as an old man, nearly blind, being helped away from the wreckage... More >>

  • Swede Hereafter

    published October 19, 1999

    Swedish schoolgirls who fall in love with each other are unlikely heroines for a mainstream, feel-good blockbuster. But Show Me Love was... More >>

  • History Lessens

    published September 21, 1999

    "What's history for?" a schoolgirl asks in Lucie Aubrac, Claude Berri's film about the eponymous French Resistance fighter, transforming her... More >>

  • Dogma Days

    published September 7, 1999

    In 1995, a handful of Danish directors celebrated film's 100th birthday—and captured international attention—with a quasi-religious... More >>

  • Teenage Wasteland

    published August 31, 1999

    Ziad Doueiri was 12 in 1975, the year that fighting broke out in his hometown, Beirut. As civil war fractured the city into a Christian east and... More >>

  • Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember

    published August 10, 1999

    Anyone who has interviewed actors knows that even the greatest can say little to illuminate their largely intuitive art. Mastroianni, who died in... More >>

  • The Gambler

    published August 3, 1999

    The only true democracy in Europe" was how Fyodor Dostoyevsky described the casino in Wiesbaden, where submission to the laws of chance leveled... More >>

  • The Surreal Deal

    published July 27, 1999

    In his lifetime, Nesuhi Ertegun, a partner in Atlantic Records, rarely visited museums. "I don't like going places where there's nothing to buy,"... More >>

  • Fatale Attraction

    published July 20, 1999

    Take one bourgeois husband, add a suburban home or a sun-washed villa, fill it with a towheaded child or some sinister houseguests, put the... More >>

  • Living on the Edge

    published July 6, 1999

    Multicultural and multisensory, this series of outdoor screenings, set in a sculpture garden in Long Island City and catered by local restaurants,... More >>

  • The Cut-Up

    published July 6, 1999

    Today's global village is one vast collage, in which weird juxtapositions and disjointed sensations arrive with the regularity of the morning... More >>

  • Love Etc.

    published June 29, 1999

    Few cinematic passions have proved more enduring than the love of a man for his best friend's wife. Love Etc. adds a touch of millennial... More >>

  • Strand and Deliver

    published June 15, 1999

    Strand Releasing's origins can hardly be described as glamorous. "Jon and I were working for Vestron Pictures, when our paychecks bounced, and... More >>

  • Art of the City

    published June 8, 1999

    The silver-haired ladies sunning themselves in Gramercy Park, with toy poodles tucked into their purses, might be surprised to learn that early in... More >>

  • On the Wing

    published June 8, 1999

    Collecting and recollecting are at the center of both the memoirist's art and the science of entomology. No one understood this better than... More >>

  • School Daze

    published May 11, 1999

    For smug New Yorkers, the name New Jersey conjures up visions of urban blight, industrial wastelands, and placid suburbs. Who knew that,... More >>

  • Outer Space

    published March 30, 1999

    Zaha Hadid designs buildings that seem to defy the laws of gravity. The Iraqi-born architect, who was trained and lives in London, is known for... More >>

  • Talk of Angels

    published March 30, 1999

    A late bloomer, Erick Zonca directed his first feature at the age of 40. The Dreamlife of Angels went to Cannes last year, where its two... More >>

  • Devil's Advocate

    published March 16, 1999

    It's my Birth of a Nation," filmmaker Fridrik Thor Fridriksson says about Devil's Island, which is set in Reykjavík in the... More >>

  • Pot Stash

    published March 9, 1999

    More Picasso? The announcement of yet another exhibition devoted to art's most sacred monster is liable to provoke a sense of fatigue and (dare... More >>

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